Skip to comments.Army Rolls Out New Stryker
Posted on 02/11/2010 1:54:11 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The Army is working on a new and improved version of its Stryker wheeled vehicle, given the designation Stryker A1, intended to boost its performance with a more powerful engine, beefier transmission and suspension, better brakes as well as adding a new sensor suite, high tech shot detection and location system, an upgraded communications network and an improved remotely operated weapons turret.
The Army plans to spend $134 million on the upgraded eight-wheeled vehicle in 2011, according to service budget documents, and nearly $880 million over the next five years. The designation A1 is typically added to Army vehicle names as they go through various iterations and improvement packages such as the M1A1 Abrams, the M1A2, etc.
One of the major enhancements to the Stryker A1 will be to lift the vehicle higher off the ground so that its better protected against IED blasts. The Stryker has gained a lot of weight since its initial rollout when it was realized that its thin armor, intended to provide protection only up to 12.7mm machine gun rounds and high-explosive fragments, did not provide sufficient protection against the two most omnipresent anti-armor weapons in irregular wars: the IED and the rocket propelled grenade.
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I saw a Stryker on its back outside of Mosul and it had no damage from IED’s or RPG’s or anything. I have no idea what happened to it, but nobody got hurt.
Most likely a roll-over. All these vehicles have a high center of gravity.
It was napping.