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2018-05-01

The Stryker Family:Ready Today for Tomorrow’s Fight

The Stryker is a full-time four-wheel-drive and selectively eight-wheel-drive armoured vehicle weighing approximately 19t and achieving speeds of 62mph on metaled roads with a maximum range of 312 miles. It provides an effective mix of capabilities enabling soldiers to execute their missions successfully across the full spectrum of operations. Manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems, the Stryker is survivable, agile, maneuverable and capable of transporting soldiers safely to their battlefield objectives.
  
Stryker Family Origins 
The Stryker is based on the GDLS Canada LAV III 8×8 light armoured vehicle, in service since early 2001. 
Stryker took its name from two American heroes who received the Medal of Honour posthumously after saving the lives of fellow soldiers in World War II and Vietnam. Introduced in 2000, the eight-wheeled, medium-weight Stryker has lived up to its moniker by saving countless numbers of Warfighters. Now the Stryker’s new Double-V Hull – the “gold standard of protection” – is protecting even more servicemen and women. 
 
Stryker MSL Solution
The SHORAD (Short-Range Air Defense) configuration is a new version of the Stryker 8x8 armoured vehicle first presented as the Stryker MSL by General Dynamics Land Systems  at AUSA 2017 (the Association of United States Army Exhibition and Conference). It meets the U.S. Army’s emerging operational need to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Rotary Wing (RW) and Cruise Missile (CM) threats.
 
The Stryker MSL is fitted with a Boeing unmanned turret mounted at the rear of the chassis, with the original infantrymen compartment replaced by a cargo area. The turret is armed with four Longbow Hellfires on the right side and four launchers for Raytheon Stinger short range air defense missile positioned across the vehicle on another pod.
 
Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems have built the new short-range air defense system mounted on the Stryker, essentially made up of a modernised Avenger air defense system reconfigured to fit the turret. The Boeing turret is thus fitted with an organic sensor suite, including electro-optical (EO) and infrared sensors with laser range finder and laser designator.
 
On September 16, 2017, the Stryker MSL has test fired a salvo of Hellfires missile in the US while in February 2018, General Dynamics was awarded a contract to provide supply parts for the entire U.S. Army Stryker program. The deal is a modification to a previously-awarded contract valued at more than $148.9 million.
 
Stryker combat team  
The Stryker brigade combat team (SBCT) combines rapid deployment with survivability and tactical mobility as the vehicle enables the team to manoeuvre in close and urban terrain, providing protection in open terrain while transporting infantry quickly to critical battlefield positions. The eight-wheeled Stryker is the first new military vehicle to enter into US Army service since the Abrams tank in the 1980s.
 
Transportation
Strykers can be transported on the ground using trucks or by air on C-17, C-5 and C-130 aircraft. The C-5 and C-17 aircraft can carry seven and four Stryker vehicles respectively.
The C-130H can fly safely carrying a maximum 38,000lb load for up to 1,000nm. The Stryker’s 36,240lb weight and size are within the payload limit of the C-130H, which can operate from smaller airfields in more remote locations. All Stryker configurations can disembark from the C-130 in combat-ready status.
 
Stryker variation models
With 11 different configurations and 85 per cent commonality across the entire fleet, the Stryker reaches speeds up to 60 mph in any type of terrain, enjoying an unparalleled combination of versatility, survivability, lethality and maneuverability. As detailed below, all the Stryker variants combine maximum commonality and proven performance with low-operating and life-cycle costs:   
• STRYKER ATGM
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and E. Falck Schmidt (EFS) have produced a remotely-controlled Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) system for tracked and wheeled Infantry Armoured Vehicles. The ATGM Weapon System provides TOW missile with a 2-tube launcher and elevated mast extending 0.5 meters above the chassis. The ATGM provides maximum armor protection to a three-man crew, while operating stealthily using the terrain to provide masking and protection. Using current sighting technologies, the ATGM weapon system enables the use of all TOW missile types, with customers assured of equipment and missile commonality with current U.S. and Allied Inventories, such as the U.S. Army Stryker Brigade Combat Team (BCT).
 
• STRYKER CV
The Stryker Command Vehicle (CV) is a fast-moving, armoured tactical operations center allowing commanders to manage efficiently and effectively the battlefield with real-time intelligence and communication with their unit, all while on the move. Enabled by Stryker’s innate capability and performance, the CV has an unmatched combination of survivability, mobility and lethality, making it suitable for diverse roles in any combat formation.
 
• STRYKER ESV
The Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV) transports combat engineers to decisive locations on the battlefield providing required mobility and limited countermobility to support their respective units. Integrated in the ESV are advanced systems to overcome natural and manmade obstacles, lane-marking systems and mine-detection devices, allowing engineers to fulfil mission roles with the same mobility, survivability and lethality as other Stryker vehicles. 
 
• STRYKER ICV
The Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) transports a nine-man infantry squad and a two-man crew to the battlefield with a mounted remote weapon station providing direct fire support to dismounted infantrymen. As well as being responsible for the movement of manoeuver elements across the operational area , the ICV is capable of integrating a variety of survivability kits, making it one of the safest and most versatile personnel carriers in the army’s inventory.
 
• STRYKER ICV, DVH
The Stryker Double-V Hull (DVH) marks an additional evolution of improved capability to protect the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The new configuration ensures unprecedented survivability against mines and IEDs, while the new driveline and suspension improves the vehicle’s payload capacity, ride stability and reliability significantly. It is one of the most versatile, mobile and safest personnel carriers in the army’s inventory, with several Stryker variants already in production.
 
• STRYKER ICV DRAGOON
Here General Dynamics has produced a 30mm solution to army operational needs for a Stryker vehicles upgrade. The Dragoon delivers greater firepower via an XM 813 weapon to support dismounted soldiers from a nine-man Infantry Squad. The first production batch was delivered in August 2017, only 15 months from the contract award. 
 
• STRYKER MC
The Stryker Mortar Carrier (MC) provides accurate and lethal high-angle fire support, providing rapid delivery of indirect fire across the battlefield. The MC is capable of transporting and firing a 60mm, 81mm or 120mm Recoil Mortar System from a Stryker platform. The enhanced Mortar Fire Control System enables Warfighters to orient the mortar tube and place effective rounds rapidly on to combat objectives. Moreover, the MC’s ammunition stowage capacity enables units to sustain combat for extended periods.
 
• STRYKER MEV
The Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV) is an essential element to combat formations, giving Brigade Combat Teams the capability to transport wounded soldiers quickly to treatment facilities. The MEV possesses common characteristics of the Stryker family of vehicles but with  the extra capacity to utilise four litters complete with a lift system. Encased by Stryker’s battle-proven design, the Stryker MEV is the preferred ambulance for today’s Warfighter.
 
• STRYKER MGS
The Strykers are extremely mobile on the ground and C-130 air transportable, providing the army with the ability to project combat power anywhere on earth within 96 hours. In turn, the Stryker MGS variant is a direct-fire infantry assault platform with a 105mm cannon. It is mounted in a low-profile, fully stabilised “shoot on the move” turret integrated into the Stryker chassis. The MGS carries 18 rounds of NATO- standard 105mm main gun ammunition, 400 rounds of 0.50 caliber ammunition and 3,400 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Its bunker and wall-breaching capabilities allow the MGS to neutralise enemy vehicles, equipment and hardened positions.
 
• STRYKER NBCRV
The Stryker NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV) is the choice for Route Reconnaissance and Surveillance, housing an integrated NBC sensor suite and meteorological system enabling crews to detect areas of contamination and plot a clean bypass route. The NBCRV is also well-suited to collecting and transporting samples of radiological, biological and chemical material for analysis.
 
• STRYKER RV
The Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV) is a platform enabling reconnaissance elements to collect information and conduct surveillance operations with the same cross-country mobility capabilities as the rest of the Stryker fleet. The quiet engine and long-range infrared surveillance equipment allows Reconnaissance Units to conduct both overt and covert intelligence collection operations. The RV is the key enabler within the Stryker Brigade Combat Teams for both sensor and HUMINT-focused Reconnaissance Operations. Furthermore, it can accommodate a 4-man RSTA squad as well as an intelligence augmentee.
 

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