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M48 Chaparral

Country of Origin: USA


The U.S. Chaparral short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system consists of a launcher bearing four modified AIM-9 Sidewinder infrared (IR) homing missiles that is mounted on the rear deck of a modified M548 tracked cargo carrier designated the M730.

The full-width cab has a permanent blast shield on the rear. To prepare for firing, the crew folds down the windshield, side window frames and roof, and covers the lower armored portion with a six-piece blast shield.

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