M8 Buford Armored Gun System

Country of Origin: United States

Type: Fire support vehicle Armor Material: Aluminum with steel armor modules
Manufacturer: BAE Systems (ex-United Defense) Armor Thickness: n/a
Height: 2.37 m Maximum Speed: 70 kph on-road
Length: 9.18 m Powerplant: Detroit Diesel 6V-921A V6
Weight: Level 1: 16.7 tons, Level 2: 20 tons, Level 3: 23.6 tons Horsepower: 550 hp

Size: 9 Total Actions: 2

Name Code Arc S M L EX Acc FC Dam Qty ROF Special Ammo
105mm/51-caliber rifled gun LTC (see
New Weapons)
T 5 10 20 40 0 0 x22 1 0 HEAT 15
105mm gun LTC (see
New Weapons)
T 5 10 20 40 0 0 x22 1 0 Armor-Piercing,
-1 DM / range band
Pintle-mounted M2HB 12.7mm heavy machinegun HMG T Pintle 1 2 4 8 0 0 x4 1 +3 Anti-Inf 600
Coaxial-mounted MAG 7.62mm machinegun LMG T Pintle 1 2 4 8 0 0 x3 1 +4 Anti-Inf 4500

Primary Movement: Ground 4/8 (48 kph) Secondary Movement: N/A
Maneuver: -2 Armor: 10 / 20 / 30

Crew: 3 (Driver, Commander, Gunner) Deployment Range: 480 km
Sensors: +1 / 3 km Communications: +1 / 20 km
Perks: Airdroppable, Ammo/Fuel Containment System, Backup Communications, HEAT Resistant Armor (Rating 2), Reinforced Armor (Front Arc, Rating 3 at Level 2 (see below), Rating 5 at Level 3) Flaws: Annoyance (vehicle is only airdroppable in Level 1 configuration)
Defects: None Lemon Dice: 4


The M8 was designed to be equipped with a series of add-on armor panels, so the level of protection can be configured to the level of threat. Level 1 was the basic vehicle, and was light enough to be airdropped. Level 2 was the standard mode, with some add-on armor, while Level 3 was the "heavy" mode, with the most armor and the greatest weight.

The M8 was being developed for the U.S. Army as a fire support vehicle and light tank, but the project was cancelled in 1996 as the C-17 Globemaster III entered service with the U.S. Air Force. As the C-17 can carry a M1 series main battle tank, the development of a seperate air-deployable light tank was viewed as redundant.

The four prototypes that were produced were placed in storage, and it has been reported that they were sent to Iraq in 2004 to provide fire support for the 82nd Airborne Division. Whether they were actually sent has not been easy to verify with official sources (specifically, BAE Systems or the U.S. Army), but the stats are presented here for players interested in the vehicle.

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