Stryker Support For General Dynamics

by: Matthew Potter
January 8, 2010

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The Styker Interim Combat Vehicle is a wheeled armored vehicle used by the U.S. Army. It originally was supposed to fill in as the Future Combat System (FCS) vehicles were developed and entered service. The FCS has been canceled but the Stryker soldiers on in Iraq and Afghanistan. It trades armor for speed and maneuverability although they have proven robust in Iraq. Various payloads and weapon packages can be integrated onto the Stryker which is manufactured by General Dynamics (GD) based on a vehicle originally purchased for use by the Canadian military.

It was announced yesterday that GD was awarded contracts to provide armor kits and maintenance and repair for Strykers. The contracts have a value of over $100 million. The Stryker originally was serviced through Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) but the Army has done some transition to organic support as the Stryker has faced combat. This is fairly standard for the manufacturer to provide depot and higher level repair for U.S. military systems. Since the FCS is transitioning to the Brigade Combat Team Modernization program it will probably mean longer use of the Stryker and perhaps more investment in them as the U.S. Army moves away from the heavy armor force of M1 and M2 vehicles.

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