General Dynamics to Provide More Uparmored Strykers

by: Matthew Potter
October 6, 2011

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The U.S. Army has been buying Stryker Combat Vehicles for several years. They are wheeled armored transports that are made in different configurations including mortar, ambulance and other support vehicles. They are based on Canadian systems and are manufactured and supported by General Dynamics (GD).

The Stryker at one point was the “Interim Brigade Combat Vehicle” which was supposed to bridge the gap between the M1/M2 heavy armored vehicles until the new Future Combat System (FCS) was developed. FCS was going to be a range of wheeled armored systems to perform all of the Army’s missions. The goal was to trade armor for speed and increased digitization to improve situational awareness and reaction time. FCS was cancelled early in the Obama administration due to its cost and schedule problems.

The Stryker like all U.S. lighter vehicles have been developed into better armored systems to help counter the mine and IED threat in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the Stryker this meant designing a new hull with a double-V in the bottom to help protect and channel the blast from mines and IED. This is a similar idea to the vehicles developed in Africa to counter the mine threat in the Seventies and Eighties.

The Army ordered about 450 of the new double-V systems last year. Of that order two-thirds have been delivered and the contract for the remaining 150 was awarded yesterday. It has a value of about $240 million for 150 of the Strykers.

The Army and Marine Corps have invested heavily the last few years in systems like Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, up-armored HUMVEE’s and trucks, and other counter IED systems and technology. At the same time the threat has influenced the requirements and designs for new systems like the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) to replace the M2 Bradley and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) that may replace the Humvee. The services are struggling with how to integrate the MRAP and other systems into their tactical organizations to support more conventional actions. The Stryker, including the double v version, is a kind of bridge between the two.

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