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M1126 Stryker

Armored personnel carrier

Stryker APC

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

M1126 Stryker ICV
Country of origin United States
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
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Grenade launcher 1 x 40 mm (in place of machine gun)
Ammunition load
Machine guns 2 000 x 12.7 mm rounds
Grenade launcher 430 x 40 mm grenades (in place of machine gun)
Engine Caterpillar 3126 diesel
Engine power 350 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 530 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.2 m


   The US M1126 Stryker armored personnel carrier is based on Canadian LAV III light armored vehicle, which in turn tracks its origins to the Swiss MOWAG Piranha IIIH. At the time of its introduction the Stryker was considered as an interim vehicle, until more advanced future designs will become available. A contract was signed with General Dynamics Land Systems for 2 131 Stryker vehicles of all variants to equip 6 rapid deployment Brigade Combat Teams. First operational vehicles were delivered to the US Army in 2003. Deliveries were completed in 2014. A total of 4 466 Strykers were delivered to the US Army. These vehicles currently equip 9 Stryker  brigades.

   The Stryker is better protected than many other armored personnel carriers, including Russian and Chinese designs. Front arc withstands hits from 14.5 mm heavy machine gun rounds. All-round protection is against 7.62 mm NATO ball rounds. A ceramic add-on armor can be fitted to give all-round protection against 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. Interior of the vehicle is lined with to protect crew and passengers from spalling. An undercarriage was strengthened to survive mine-blasts. It is claimed that Strykers are superior to other APCs regarding survivability against mines and improvised explosive devices. 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 anti-tank rockets and missiles. Recently an explosive reactive armor kit was designed for this vehicle. It is intended to replace the slat armor in combat areas.

   The Stryker is armed with an M2 12.7 mm heavy machine gun or Mk.19 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, mounted in remotely-controlled 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 power-operated ramp with integral doors or roof hatches. Main role of the baseline M1126 armored personnel carrier is to provide protected transport for its passengers. In some cases can support assault of its dismounts. Though due to its relatively light armor this vehicle is vulnerable on the battlefield.

   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 and 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 (retired in 2006), C-5 and C-17 military 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.




   M1126 ICV - The Infantry Carrier Vehicle (or ICV) is essentially an armored personnel carrier. It is fitted with a remotely-controlled weapon station, armed with an M2 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. It is a baseline vehicle of the Stryker family.

   M1127 RV - reconnaissance vehicle.

   M1128 MGS - The Mobile Gun System, fitted with 105 mm gun. It turned out that this fire support vehicle has a number of drawbacks and was procured in relatively small numbers. In 2013 there were 27 of these vehicles per Stryker brigade.

   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.

   M1296 Dragoon - upgraded version of the M1126 ICV with significantly improved lethality. It is fitted with unmanned turret, armed with a 30 mm cannon. Its official designation is Infantry Carrier Vehicle - Dragoon, or ICVD.



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