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Armored personnel carrier

Stryker APC

The Stryker armored personnel carrier can be airlifted anywhere in the world within 96 hours



M1126 ICV
Entered service 2003
Crew 2 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 16.47 t
Length 6.95 m
Width 2.72 m
Height 2.64 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Grenade launcher 1 x 40-mm (in place of MG)
Ammunition load
Machine guns 2 000 x 12.7-mm
Grenade launcher 430 x 40-mm (in place of MG)
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar 3126 diesel
Engine power 350 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 530 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Stryker armored personnel carrier is based on Canadian LAV III light armored vehicle, that traced back its origins to the Swiss MOWAG Piranha IIIH. The Stryker is considered as an interim vehicle, until more advanced future designs will be available. A contract was signed with General Dynamics Land Systems for 2 131 Stryker vehicles of all variants to equip six rapid deployment Brigade Combat Teams. First operational vehicles were delivered to the US Army in 2003. Currently over 4 300 Strykers of all variants are is service with the US military.

   Basic armor of the Stryker APC protects the front arc against 14.5-mm rounds. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm NATO ball rounds. A ceramic appliqué armor can be added to give all-round protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Interior of the vehicle is lined with to protect occupants against spalling. An undercarriage was strengthened to survive mine-blasts. It is claimed that Strykers are superior to other APCs regarding survivability against IEDs. Fuel tanks are mounted externally and are designed to blow away from the hull in the event of explosion. This armored personnel carrier has an automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems. Strykers employed in combat zones are fitted with steel cages, called slat armor, providing protection against RPGs. Recently an explosive reactive armor kit was designed. It is intended to replace the slat armor in combat areas.

   The Stryker is armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher, mounted in remote weapon station.

   This armored personnel carrier takes advantage of high-tech information technologies. It is fitted with a battlefield information management system. It links up with other similarly equipped vehicles and command posts. Position information is available through GPS receiver.

   The Stryker armored personnel carrier has a crew of two, including commander and driver and can carry a squad of 9 fully equipped troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle through the rear ramp or roof hatches. The baseline M1126 armored personnel carrier provides protected transport and supports dismounted assault of it's occupants.

   Vehicle is fitted with a Caterpillar 3126 diesel engine, developing 350 horsepower. The same engine is used by some US Army trucks. Engine and transmission can be removed reinstalled in less than an hour. Driving wheels can switch between 8x4 configuration on roads and 8x8 configuration on rough terrain. Vehicle is also fitted with a central tyre inflation system, which allows to adjust to different terrain, thus extending cross-country mobility. The Stryker is fitted with run-flat tyres and can move a couple of kilometers before the tire completely deteriorates. It is also fitted with a self-recovery winch. Unlike most modern APCs this vehicle is not amphibious.

   Stryker is transportable by the C-130, C-141, C-5 and C-17 transport aircraft.

   The Strykers operate in rapid deployment Brigade Combat Teams. Each brigade has more than 300 Strykers of 10 variants. Operational concept behind these brigades is stressed on deployability, and maneuverability for counter insurgency operations. The whole brigade can be airlifted and deployed anywhere in the world within 96 hours.

 

   Variants

 

   M1126 ICV - armored personnel carrier;

   M1127 RV - reconnaissance vehicle;

   M1128 MGS - mobile gun system, fitted with 105-mm gun;

   M1129 MC - mortar carrier, armed with 120-mm mortar;

   M1130 CV - command vehicle;

   M1131 FSV - fire support vehicle;

   M1132 ESV - engineering squad vehicle;

   M1133 EV - medical evacuation vehicle;

   M1134 ATGM - anti-tank guided missile carrier, armed with TOW missiles;

   M1135 NBCRV - NBC reconnaissance vehicle.

 

Video of the Stryker armored personnel carrier

 
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