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More protection for Strykers

Post by Scott Fontaine on Feb. 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm with 2 Comments »
February 25, 2010 3:31 pm

It won’t help Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s three Stryker brigades deployed overseas now, but the Army is considering

outfitting the Stryker vehicle with a V-shaped hull that would help deflect blasts. It would provide similar protection to the Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected Vehicles, which have been credited with saving plenty of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From the Army Times story:

The changes were already planned as part the Stryker modernization program and are scheduled to be cut into the production line in 2015 and 2016. After several Strykers were damaged in Afghanistan, vehicle maker General Dynamics began thinking about accelerating the change. It proposed the acceleration to the Army in January, one source said.

The V-shaped hull distributes the blast and moves the bottom of the vehicle higher off the ground.

The Army plans to reduce production to 20 Strykers per month by next January, which would delay the improvements, the source said.

But if production is held steady, the company could deliver 130 vehicles in the infantry carrier configuration in time for the next Stryker brigade’s deployment to Afghanistan in July 2011. A full Stryker brigade has 332 vehicles in 10 variants, two of which are not yet in full-rate production.

The question does need to be asked: What, if anything, would this do for the mobility of the Stryker? That’s always been one of the vehicle’s strong points (and a drawback of the MRAP).

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. How many years ago did the Stryker come out?
    Haven’t mines been a problem for a couple hundred years?

  2. Daisydog says:

    Landmines of course have been around for quite some time (as early as 1277 A.D. –you can blame the chinese!) Multiple mortar shells tied together, and buried under a few inches of dirt are not mines. By the question posed I assume you are really sayin “We’ll why didn’t they think about IED’s when they were designing the Stryker?” The same question could be applied to the Humvee, or even the Canadian LAV which the Stryker design is based upon. The Stryker as we know it, has basically been around since 2002 / 2003 when extensive testing was being done at FT Lewis, and other areas such as FT Polk.

    One thing to consider in design: Survivability of the crew members. More soldiers come home alive because of the design of the Stryker. With the Addition of the V-shaped hull, even more soldiers will come home alive. The Stryker can be compared to the MRAP: It’s like comparing a Cadillac with with a ford maverick: both get ya there, but there is simply much more “car” with the Cadillac-plus the caddy has airbags, ON-Star, and a docking station for a mp3 player–the maverick has an AM radio– hope that helps. Ok, I’m done for now!

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