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Tan-colored Strykers coming soon

Post by Scott Fontaine on Oct. 26, 2009 at 6:31 am |
October 26, 2009 6:31 am
Soldiers from 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division during a 2007 operation.
Soldiers from 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division during a 2007 operation.

Stars and Stripes reports on a topic that has been a head-scratcher for years: Why does the Army send green-painted Strykers to desert climates, where they’ll drive alongside tan-colored Humvees and MRAPs?

That’s gonna change soon: The 401st Army Field Support Brigade announced in a press release that Strykers are gonna get a coat of dust-colored paint. The reason? “For soldier safety, first and foremost, as well as materiel uniformity,” the release said.

Of course, don’t expect this to happen immediately. From the story:

Soldiers in the field will not be authorized to repaint the Strykers themselves. That can only be done in authorized facilities in Qatar, if the vehicles are sent back for repairs and retrofit, said Butts.

“The phase-out tempo will be set by unit repair and retrofit needs,” he said.

And until the Army decides to make desert tan its standard color for all Strykers, they will continue rolling off the production line in Michigan and Canada all one color: green.

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