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Stryker

Stryker ICV with slat armor.[1]
Specifications
Weight ICV: 16.47 t (18.12 sh tn)
MGS: 18.77 t (20.65 sh tn)
Length 6.95 m (22.92 ft)
Width 2.72 m (8.97 ft)
Height 2.64 m (8.72 ft)
Crew 2+9

Armor 14.5 mm[1]
Primary
armament
M68A1E4 105 mm gun (MGS)
M2 .50 caliber machine gun or MK19 40 mm grenade launcher mounted in a PROTECTOR M151 Remote Weapon Station (RWS) (ICV)
Secondary
armament
.50-cal M2 MG and M240 7.62mm MG (MGS)
Engine Caterpillar 3126 turbo diesel
260 kW (350 hp)
Power/weight ICV: 15.8 kW/t (19.3 hp/sh tn)
Suspension 8×8 wheeled
Operational
range
500 km (300 mi)
Speed 100 km/h (62 mph)

The Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled all-wheel-drive armored combat vehicles produced by General Dynamics Combat Systems, in use by the United States Army. Based on the Canadian LAV III light-armored vehicle, which in turn is based on the Swiss Mowag Piranha, the Stryker is the US Army's first new vehicle since the M2 Bradley in the 1980s. Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled all-wheel-drive armored combat vehicles. ... Infantry Fighting Variant Stryker with a Remote Weapons System . ... Cage armor on a M113 APC. Cage armor also known as bar armor, slat armor, and standoff armor is a type of vehicle armor designed to protect from anti tank RPG-7 attacks, however it will not sufficiently protect against dual-warhead designs such as the RPG-27 and RPG... A tonne or metric ton (symbol t), sometimes referred to as a metric tonne, is a measurement of mass equal to 1,000 kilograms. ... The short ton is a unit of mass equal to 907. ... Military vehicles are commonly armoured to withstand the impact of shrapnel, bullets or shells, protecting the soldiers inside from enemy fire. ... The Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle mounting a 105 mm tank gun, derived from the Mowag Piranha. ... This article is about the . ... Mk19 40mm grenade launcher MK-19 40mm grenade launcher during MIL-EX 2003 Mk19 40mm grenade launcher with cover open and training ammunition loaded The Mk 19 Grenade Launcher is a belt-fed automatic 40mm grenade launcher or grenade machine gun entered U.S. military service during the Cold War... The PROTECTOR M151 Remote Weapon Station, (RWS), is a remotely controlled weapon system that can be mounted to a number of vehicles and stationary platforms. ... A Remote Weapon Station or RWS is a remotely controlled weapon station for light and medium calibre weapons which can be installed on any type of vehicle. ... The M240, formally United States Machine Gun, 7. ... The Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle mounting a 105 mm tank gun, derived from the Mowag Piranha. ... Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ... General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is a defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2006 it is the sixth largest defense contractor in the world[2]. The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... The LAV III armoured vehicle (AV) is the latest (entering service in 1999) in General Motors light armoured vehicle (LAV) line. ... Chilean Mowag Piranha 8X8. ... The M2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) and M3 Bradley CFV (Cavalry Fighting Vehicle) are American infantry fighting vehicles manufactured by BAE Systems Land and Armaments, (formerly United Defense, originally FMC). ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


The vehicle is named for two American servicemen who posthumously received the Medal of Honor: Pfc Stuart S. Stryker, who died in World War II and Spc Robert F. Stryker, who died in the Vietnam War.[2] The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... Private 1st Class Stuart S. Stryker was a U.S. Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II. The Army Stryker vehicle is named in his honor and Robert F. Stryker. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Specialist Robert F. Stryker was a U.S. Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


The Stryker was championed by General Eric Shinseki when he was Army Chief of Staff. The vehicle is employed in Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, light and mobile units based on the Brigade Combat Team Doctrine that relies on vehicles connected by military C4I networks. Eric Ken Shinseki (born November 28, 1942) is a retired General in the United States Army and served as the 34th Chief of Staff of the United States Army (1999 - 2003). ... The Flag of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army The Chief of Staff of the United States Army (CSA) is the professional head of the United States Army who is responsible for ensuring readiness of the Army. ... The Brigade Combat Team (BCT) is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the US Army. ... C4I is a military term meant to summarize factors military theorists consider when planning how headquarters can control their subordinate units. ...

Contents

Design

Pneumatic or hydraulic systems drive almost all of the vehicle's mechanical features; for example, a pneumatic system switches between 8X4 and 8X8 drive.


The vehicle comes in several variants with a common engine, transmission, hydraulics, wheels, tires, differentials and transfer case. Two exceptions are the M1130 Stryker CV (Commander's Vehicle) and M1133 Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle, which have an air conditioning unit mounted on the pack. The medical vehicle also has a higher-capacity generator.


Power pack and mechanical features

The Stryker uses a Caterpillar engine common in Army medium-lift trucks, forestalling extensive retraining of maintinance crews and allow use of common parts.[3] Power pack or powerpack is a term used to describe part of a modular powertrain. ... Caterpillar Inc. ...


Designers strove to ease the maintainer's job, equipping most cables, hoses, and mechanical systems with quick-disconnecting mechanisms. The engine and transmission can be removed and reinstalled in less than one hour, allowing repairs to the turbocharger and many other components to be done outside the vehicle.


Command, Control, and Targeting

  • Extensive computer support helps soldiers fight the enemy while reducing friendly fire incidents. Each vehicle can track friendly vehicles in the field as well as detected enemies.
  • A day-night thermal imaging camera allows the vehicle commander to see what the driver sees.
  • Soldiers can practice training with the vehicles from computer training modules inside the vehicle.
  • The driver and the commander have periscopes that allow them to see outside the vehicle without exposing themselves to outside dangers. The commander has almost a 360-degree field of vision; the driver, a little more than 90 degrees.
  • General Dynamics Land Systems is developing a new Power and Data Management Architecture to handle computer upgrades.[4]

For other uses, see Friendly Fire (disambiguation). ... Thermography can refer to a printing process and a imaging process. ... Diagram of periscope. ...

Protective features

  • The armor suite has been made lighter and stronger than the MOWAG design to stop 14.5mm armor-piercing machine-gun rounds and 152mm artillery fragments.[5][6]
  • "Catchers' mask"-style deflectors known as slat armor are designed to disable the high-explosive anti-tank warhead of a rocket-propelled grenade by squeezing the angled sides of the metal nose cone and shorting the conductors between the detonator at the tip and the explosive charge at the back. This type of armor was first used in WW2 and is cheaper and lighter than spaced appliqué-plate or reactive armor.[7][8]
  • The fuel tanks are externally mounted and designed to blow away from the hull in the event of explosion.
  • The CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Warfare system keeps the crew compartment airtight and positively pressurized.

AFES is an acronym for: Organisations Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students Others Automatic Fire Extinguishing System Category: ... A rocket propelled grenade (RPG) is a man-portable, shoulder-launched weapon capable of firing an explosive device longer distances than an otherwise unassisted soldier could throw. ... This article or section should include material from Explosive reactive armour Reactive armor or explosive reactive armour (ERA), is a type of armour used primarily on tanks to lessen the damage from explosions caused from missile warheads, exploding shells, grenades, or dropped bombs. ... NBC is an initialism used to indicate nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. ...

Mobility Features

  • The vehicle can alter the pressure in all eight tires to suit terrain conditions: highway, cross-country, mud/sand/snow, and emergency. The system warns the driver if the vehicle exceeds the recommended speed for its tire pressure, then automatically inflates the tires to the next higher pressure setting. The system can also warn the driver of a flat tire, although the Stryker is equipped with run-flat tire inserts that also serve as bead-locks, allowing the vehicle to move several miles before the tire completely deteriorates.

// A run flat tire is a pneumatic vehicle tire that is designed to resist the effects of deflation and to enable the vehicle to continue to be driven — albeit at reduced speeds (i. ... A beadlock is a mechanical device that secures the bead of a tire to the wheel. ... East German BRDMs on parade during celebrations of the 40th anniversary of East Germany in 1989 Armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are light armoured fighting vehicles for the transport of infantry. ... An amphibious vehicle is a vehicle or craft, that is a means of transport, viable on land as well as on water - just like an amphibian. ... A ford, with pedestrian footbridge, on a minor road near Weimar bei Kassel in Germany The ford at Brockenhurst, leading into the village centre, following heavy rain. ...

Operational history

Deployments

Post-invasion Iraq, 2003-2005: Occupation zones in Iraq as of September 2003 The post-invasion period in Iraq followed the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a multinational coalition led by the United States, which overthrew the Baath Party government of Saddam Hussein. ...

  • The first Stryker brigades were deployed to Iraq in October 2003. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis was the first to field and deploy the Stryker vehicle to combat in Iraq from Nov 2003 to Nov 2004.
  • 3rd Brigade was relieved by 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (SBCT). 1st Brigade served in Iraq from October 2004 to October 2005. Units from this Brigade participated in the Battle of Mosul (2004) and were responsible for the first successful elections in January 2005. The Brigade was awarded the Valorous Unit Award for their tour in Iraq.
  • The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fairbanks, Alaska's Fort Wainwright began its initial deployment in August 2005 to Summer 2006. Their stay was subsequently extended for up to four months and they were reassigned to Baghdad.
  • The 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division re-deployed to Iraq late Spring of 2006.
  • The 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division is stationed in Vilseck, Germany, after reflagging to the U.S. 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, to have a European presence and be able to deploy quickly to that part of the world. In this process, the existing 2nd Cavalry Regiment was reflagged to 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The 172nd SBCT has returned from Iraq, and has been reflagged as the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.
  • In May 2007, the 4th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division deployed in Iraq as part of "the surge". This deployment marked the first time the Stryker Mobile Gun System was deployed in Iraq. Also, the 4th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division deployed Land Warrior for the first time in combat.
  • In August 2007 the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment deployed to Baghdad for a 15-month tour, relieving 3rd BDE, 2ID.

Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants United States, Iraqi Security Forces Iraqi insurgents Strength 2,000 Unknown Casualties 4 killed (U.S.) 116 killed and 5,000 deserted (Iraqi forces)[1] 5 civilians killed 1 British security contractor killed 1 Turkish contractor killed 71 killed The Battle for Mosul was a battle fought during the... The Valorous Unit Award is a decoration which is awarded to units of the United States Army which display extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America. ... For other uses, see Fairbanks (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that Ladd Army Airfield be merged into this article or section. ... In June 2006, as part of the U.S. Armys transformation plan, the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division came into being at Fort Lewis, Washington. ... Land Warrior is a United States Army program that uses a combination of commercial, off-the-shelf technology (COTS) and current-issue military gear and equipment designed to: Integrate small arms with high-tech equipment Provide communications and command and control at the infantry soldier level Look at the individual...

Variants

The Stryker chassis' modular design supports a wide range of variants. The two main chassis are the Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) and the Mobile Gun System (MGS). The MGS is a heavier chassis to support a variant of the 105 mm M68A1 rifled cannon (M68A1E4), a lightweight version of the gun system used on the original M1 Abrams main battle tanks and the M60 Patton main battle tank. The M68A1E4 also features a muzzle brake to assist with recoil and an autoloader, a rare feature on US tank guns. The Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle mounting a 105 mm tank gun, derived from the Mowag Piranha. ... The Royal Ordnance L7 is the basic model of Britains most successful tank gun. ... The M1 Abrams main battle tank is the principal combat tank of the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps and the Australian Army, with three main versions being deployed starting in 1980: the M1, M1A1, and M1A2. ... M46, M47, M48 and M60 Patton were the U.S armys principal main battle tanks of the Cold War, with models in service from the late 1940s to the 1990s. ... The muzzle brake of the 105 mm gun on an AMX 10 RC fighting vehicle. ... An Autoloader is a data storage device consisting of at least one tape drive (the drive), a method of loading tapes into the drive (the robot), and a storage area for tapes (the magazine). ...

M1134 Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Variant equipped with a TOW missile and M240B machine gun.

The Stryker has the following configurations with more planned: Anti-Tank Guided Missle (ATGM) Stryker Variant with M240B machine gun picture I took in Iraq. ... Anti-Tank Guided Missle (ATGM) Stryker Variant with M240B machine gun picture I took in Iraq. ... A TOW missile being fired from a Jeep. ...

General The Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) provides protected transport and supporting fires for the infantry squad during dismounted assault. ... This article is about the . ... Mk19 40mm grenade launcher MK-19 40mm grenade launcher during MIL-EX 2003 The MK19 (also known as MK-19, M19, Mark 19, or Mk 19) is a belt-fed grenade machine gun capable of firing five grenades per second. ... The M240, formally United States Machine Gun, 7. ... General The RV provides an effective platform for RSTA Squadrons and battalion scouts to perform reconnaissance and surveillance operations. ... The Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle mounting a 105 mm tank gun, derived from the Mowag Piranha. ... The Mortar Carrier (MC) will support infantry units with screening obscurants, suppressive forces and on-call supporting fires. ... US soldier loading a M224 60-mm mortar. ... The M1130 Commander Vehicle (CV) is a stryker that provides the brigade with the means to receive information and data, analyze, prepare and transmit data, and control the forces/functions carrying out combat missions. ... The Fire Support Vehicle (FSV) provides automated enhanced surveillance, target acquisition, target identification, target tracking, target designation, position location and communications functionality. ... The Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV) provides maneuver/mobility support capabilities, which include obstacle clearing, in-stride breaching of surface mines, proofing of subsurface mines and smoke generation for local protection General The ESV provides the Engineer Squad with highly mobile, protected transport to decisive locations on the battlefield to provide... The Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV) is the Battalion Aid Station for brigade units, providing treatment for serious injury and advanced trauma cases General The integration of medical evacuation support into the SBCT, as an integrated part of the internetted combat forward formation, enhances the organic medic who rides with and... A TOW missile being fired from a Jeep. ...

Operators

M1126 APC variant equipped with the PROTECTOR M151 with MK19 automatic grenade launcher and anti-HEAT slat armor
M1126 APC variant equipped with the PROTECTOR M151 with MK19 automatic grenade launcher and anti-HEAT slat armor
M1134 Stryker ATGM carrier
  • United States Army - Seven Stryker Brigades will be formed[10] -
  • Canada Purchased 66 Mobile Gun System vehicles in 2003, they are expected to arrive in 2010. In 2006 the Canadian army asked its government to cancel the MGS acquisition. The MGS will be used in the "Direct Fire Unit"[12] which will include Tow Under Armour (LAV III) and MMEV (ADATS on LAVIII). The MGS was originally intended to provide the direct gun fire capabilities of the retiring Leopard I tanks[13] however with the recent usefulness of tanks in Iraq and hurried deployment of Canadian Leopard I tanks to Afghanistan combined with political changes in Canada and the Canadian Military - the purchase of more modern tanks occurred with the announcement of the purchase of surplus Leopard 2s from the Netherlands.[14]

Infantry Fighting Variant Stryker with a Remote Weapons System MK-19 automatic grenade launcher I took in Iraq. ... Infantry Fighting Variant Stryker with a Remote Weapons System MK-19 automatic grenade launcher I took in Iraq. ... The PROTECTOR M151 Remote Weapon Station, (RWS), is a remotely controlled weapon system that can be mounted to a number of vehicles and stationary platforms. ... A HEAT round. ... Soldiers from Battery B, 4th Battalion 11th Field Artillery Regiment patrol the entrance of Suliyahi Sabina Site in a Stryker light armored vehicle during a training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. ... Soldiers from Battery B, 4th Battalion 11th Field Artillery Regiment patrol the entrance of Suliyahi Sabina Site in a Stryker light armored vehicle during a training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... The 2d Infantry Division is a formation of the United States Army. ... The 2d Infantry Division is a formation of the United States Army. ... The 2nd Infantry Division (Heavy) is a formation of the United States Army. ... The 2nd Infantry Division (Heavy) is a formation of the United States Army. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... (Redirected from 25th Infantry Division) Patch of the United States Army 25th Infantry Division. ... The 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) (now designated the 1st brigade of the 25th Infantry Division) of the United States Army is a highly deployable unit capable of being sent to any destination worldwide in order to protect U.S. national interests and has proudly served the Army since its inception... The 28th Infantry Division [Mechanized] is a unit of the United States Army and is the oldest division in the armed forces of the United States. ... The Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle mounting a 105 mm tank gun, derived from the Mowag Piranha. ... A TOW missile being fired from an M151 MUTT. A small charge boosts the missile clear of the launcher before the rocket motor ignites The BGM-71 TOW is a US anti-tank missile. ... The Air Defense Anti-Tank System (ADATS) is a dual-purpose short range surface-to-air and anti-tank missile system based on the M113A2 vehicle. ... The Leopard (or Leopard 1) is a German designed and produced main battle tank that first entered service in 1965 and was used as the main battle tank for Germany, several other European countries, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Chile. ... The Leopard 2 is a German main battle tank built by the German company Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann, developed in the early 1970s and first entering service in 1979, replacing the earlier Leopard 1 as the foremost MBT in the Bundeswehr. ...

U.S. Brigades

The 2nd Infantry Division (Heavy) is a formation of the United States Army. ... In American military history, the 25th Infantry Division (nicknamed Tropic Lightning) is a large military unit associated with operations in the Asia-Pacific region. ... The 172nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) (now designated the 1st brigade of the 25th Infantry Division) of the United States Army is a highly deployable unit capable of being sent to any destination worldwide in order to protect U.S. national interests and has proudly served the Army since its inception... In American military history, the 25th Infantry Division (nicknamed Tropic Lightning) is a large military unit associated with operations in the Asia-Pacific region. ... The 2nd Infantry Division (Heavy) is a formation of the United States Army. ... {{Infobox Military Unit |unit_name=2nd Cavalry Regiment |image= |caption=2nd CR Coat Of Arms |dates=May 23, 1836-Present. ... In American military history, the 25th Infantry Division (nicknamed Tropic Lightning) is a large military unit associated with operations in the Asia-Pacific region. ... The 28th Infantry Division [Mechanized] is a unit of the United States Army and is the oldest division in the armed forces of the United States. ... The United States National Guard is a reserve forces component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ... The 2nd Infantry Division (Heavy) is a formation of the United States Army. ... The 2nd Infantry Division (Heavy) is a formation of the United States Army. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

Mission

The Stryker family of vehicles fill a role in the U.S. Army that is neither heavy nor light, but rather an attempt to create a force that can move infantry to the battlefield quickly and in relative security. Brigades that have been converted to Strykers have been light, or, in the case of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, unarmored HMMWV-based cavalry scouts. For these units, the addition of Strykers has increased combat power by providing armor protection, a vehicle-borne weapon system to support each dismounted squad (a PROTECTOR M151 Remote Weapon Station with .50-cal or Mk-19), and the speed and range to conduct missions far from the operating base. This article refers to the Military HMMWV, not the civilian Hummer sold by General Motors General Characteristics (Humvee) Manufacturer: AM General Length: 4. ... The PROTECTOR M151 Remote Weapon Station, (RWS), is a remotely controlled weapon system that can be mounted to a number of vehicles and stationary platforms. ...


Stryker units seem to be especially effective in urban areas, where vehicles can establish initial security positions near a building and dismount squads on a doorstep.[citation needed]


Similar to a UH-60 Black Hawk, the Stryker relies on its speed for the majority of its defense against heavy weapon systems. It is not capable of engaging heavily armored units and relies on other units to control threats outside of its classification. For other uses of Blackhawk/Black Hawk, see Black Hawk. ...


However, at the National Training Center (Fort Irwin California) 3rd Brigade 2nd ID proved that through the use of unconventional tactics and small dismounted teams armed with anti armor weaponry, a Stryker unit could hold its own against a conventional armored unit should the need arise. This situation is something that commanders would most likely avoid due to a higher casualty rate. The entrance to the NTC. Fort Irwin Military Reservation, located in Fort Irwin, California, U.S., this military facility is used for live-fire training of brigade-sized forces. ...


Brigades equipped with the Stryker are intended to be strategically mobile (i.e. capable of being rapidly deployed over long distances). As such the Stryker was intentionally designed with a lower level of protection compared to tracked vehicles like the M2 Bradley, but with much lower logistic requirements.


Criticisms

The Stryker had come under intense scrutiny since its introduction in the US Army. A report to a congressman initially blasted various points concerning the vehicle, only to have soldiers in the field seemingly exonerate its performance in a report by the US Army. Some criticism of the Stryker continues a decades-long ongoing debate issues concerning whether tracked or wheeled vehicles are more effective. Other criticism is specific to the Stryker, with complaints concerning various Stryker features.[16] A Stryker M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle in Iraq The Stryker family of vehicles has come under intense scrutiny since it was awarded a contract by the US Army. ...


Much of the controversy centers around the Stryker's not being an Infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in the mode of the M2 Bradley. The Stryker lacks heavy armor protection and its wheels provide less off-road mobility than tracks. An M2 Bradley Infantry fighting vehicle. ... The M2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) and M3 Bradley CFV (Cavalry Fighting Vehicle) are American infantry fighting vehicles manufactured by BAE Systems Land and Armaments, (formerly United Defense, originally FMC). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Off-roading. ...


Weight creep and heavy-lift transport also come up as issues. The ability of the Stryker to be air transportable by C-130 transport aircraft is one of the problems cited. Air assault (or air mobile) is a military term used to describe the movement of friendly forces by helicopter to engage and destroy enemy forces or to seize and hold key terrain. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ...


Rollover is a greater risk with the Stryker relative to other transport vehicles, due to the Stryker's higher center of gravity. The high center of gravity was a deliberate design choice as an anti-mine/IED measure. The Canadian LAV III has had this problem which on that vehicle was aggravated by the turret installed in the LAV III, which raises the center of gravity yet higher, and crumbling road shoulders found in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A rollover in Sydney, Australia on Christmas day, 2001. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... The LAV III armoured vehicle (AV) is the latest (entering service in 1999) in General Motors light armoured vehicle (LAV) line. ...


The U.S. Army argues that the comparison with armored tanks is inappropriate, since Strykers have been primarily deployed in foot infantry units which had previously relied on unarmored trucks and Humvees for mobility. From this perspective Strykers should be seen as an enhancement to the protection of unarmored formations and not the reverse. This article refers to the Military HMMWV, not the civilian Hummer sold by General Motors The M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) is a military 4WD motor vehicle created by AM General. ...


Documented testimony of the officers and men using the Stryker have been supportive of the vehicle and its protection. The level of protection provided is superior to up armored Humvees.[17]


Soldiers and officers who use Strykers defend them as very effective vehicles; an article in the Washington Post states: ...

"But in more than a dozen interviews, commanders, soldiers and mechanics who use the Stryker fleet daily in one of Iraq's most dangerous areas unanimously praised the vehicle. The defects outlined in the report were either wrong or relatively minor and did little to hamper the Stryker's effectiveness, they said." [18]

Reports from military personnel and analysts indicate the Stryker is superior to other military vehicles (including Abrams and Bradley tanks and Humvees) regarding survivability against IEDs (improvised explosive devices).[19][20] One colonel said that the Strykers saved the lives of at least a hundred soldiers deployed in northern Iraq.[21]


The Stryker MGS has been pushed into low-rate initial production for evaluation,[22] with plans for full production in 2007.


Future

Currently the Stryker is in the research and development phase of being converted to a vehicle capable of Autonomous Navigation.[23] TARDEC has also tested an active Magneto Rheological suspension, developed by MillenWorks for the Stryker, at the Yuma Proving Ground, which resulted in greater vehicle stability.[24] The United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, located in Warren, Michigan, is the US Armed Forces research and development facility for advanced technology in ground systems, and part of the United States Army Materiel Command. ... A magneto rheological damper or magneto rheological shock absorber is a damper filled with Magneto rheological fluid, which is controlled by an electric field, usually using an electromagnet. ... MillenWorks, known as Rod Millen Motorsports until 2005, is an automotive technology company started by Rod Millen in 1980. ... The U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world, situated in southwestern Arizona, approximately 24 miles north of the city of Yuma, Arizona. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Army Fact File - Stryker. Retrieved on 2006-07-31.
  2. ^ "Army Announces Name For Interim Armored Vehicle", U.S. Army. Accessed August 15, 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/iav.htm
  4. ^ http://www.defense-update.com/products/s/stryker.htm
  5. ^ http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=965
  6. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/iav.htm
  7. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/iav.htm
  8. ^ http://www.defense-update.com/products/s/slat-stryker.htm
  9. ^ Globalsecurity.org- http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/iav-sph.htm
  10. ^ Jane's International Defence Review, June 2006, p.64-5
  11. ^ Fort Lewis Website; http://www.lewis.army.mil/52sbct/
  12. ^ A Soldier's Guide to Army Transformation - Building a Direct Fire Unit - http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lf/English/5_4_1_4.asp
  13. ^ CBC News In Depth, Equipment: Mobile Gun System vs. Leopard tank, Oct 30 2003, http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/cdnmilitary/equipment.html
  14. ^ Army might buy surplus tanks from Germans, Swiss. CTV News, Oct 31 2006 http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061031/canada_tanks_061031/20061031?hub=Canada
  15. ^ Fort Lewis Website; http://www.lewis.army.mil/52sbct/
  16. ^ http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/docs/2wheels98.pdf
  17. ^ Canadian American Strategic Review. Reviewing the LAV III – Rollovers and Suicide Bombers. LAV III. Retrieved on 2006-05-14 =.
  18. ^ Soldiers Defend Faulted Strykers by Steve Fainaru Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, April 3, 2005; Page A21
  19. ^ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan: Effects and Countermeasures, Congressional Research Service, Sept. 25 2006 http://www.fit.edu/fip/documents/SecNews1.pdf
  20. ^ Stryker increases troops’ survivability, U.S. Army 40th Public Affairs Detachment, Jan. 3 2007 http://www.blackanthem.com/News/U_S_Military_19/Stryker_increases_troops_survivability3281.shtml
  21. ^ Soldiers Defend Faulted Strykers
  22. ^ General Dynamics Delivers First Production Stryker MGS Vehicles. Retrieved on 2007-01-17.
  23. ^ http://www.gdrs.com/programs/program.asp?UniqueID=12 Vetronics Technology Integration (VTI)
  24. ^ http://www.millenworks.com/html/aboutus/news/Stryker_Test.pdf

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Stryker is a family of eight-wheel drive combat vehicles, transportable in a C-130 aircraft, being built for the US Army by General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada (formerly General Motors Defense) and General Dynamics Land Systems Division of USA.
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Stryker led the project from 1935 to 1943 and was responsible for launching the careers of photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Gordon Parks, among others, and for building an unmatched photographic legacy of life in America.
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Stryker's photographers have taught us "that a picture could be beautiful and still possess a social conscience." Most of the men and women who worked for Roy Stryker continued their photographic careers and some, notably Berenice Abbott, Gordon Parks, Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, would achieve great fame.
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