Stryker mortar firing

I’ve noted the new MC-B mortar Stryker variants before, and even posted a photo in March of one letting go with its 120mm mortar. But this pic is too sweet to ignore:

U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, fire illumination flares with a 120mm mortar cannon from a Mortar Carrier Stryker vehicle over Mosul, Iraq, June 1, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock

That would be the, um, 172nd regiment. But we knew what they meant. Photo from DoD Transformation.

UPDATE: Whoops. I was rushing and blew it. A commenter points out that the 17th regiment is part of the 172nd brigade. My bad.


  1. He’s wearing a CVC helmet-they do a pretty good job of sound damping-I’ve had my head out of the turret of my Bradley firing 25mm and been none the worse for it. The newer ones, with the headsets made by Bose, are even better than the ones we had.

  2. The Strykers just moved into a couple local guard/reserve units this weekend. I am very sad to say I had to miss the official ceremony for a wedding…. I also heard that Murtha was there claiming credit for bringing the Stryker to PA. Damn, I hate I missed it! I would have grabbed some pics and a recording or a transcript for sure….

  3. Did you catch this on Defense News? High Initial JSF Costs To Drop After 2014: The cost to build each Joint Strike Fighter will average $150 million through the end of the decade, says U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Steven Enewold, who directs the Pentagon’s JSF program office. But by 2014 or so, that price tag should fall to slightly less than $50 million for a conventional F-35 and a bit more than $60 million for a vertical-lift plane, Enewold said. ‘While we’re still on a learning curve, the airplanes are going to be expensive in then-year dollars,’ he said. Expensive is right, say some analysts. ‘You could buy brand-new Raptors at that price,’ said Loren Thompson, aviation analyst for the Lexington Institute. At $276 billion, the JSF program is the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon effort -it will consume some 90 percent of the money the Pentagon is spending on new fighter jets. Yet as the JSF program moves from design to production, both the U.S. CRS and the GAO have questioned the Pentagon’s development, procurement and accounting methods. Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia said it appears that Lockheed will be able to make the JSF affordable by the time the first major export lots hit the production lines during the next decade. Lockheed officials say they will keep the price down. Enewold says there’s no choice. Let’s see, first they said it would cost $35M, but they lied, now they say it will come down to $60M, and we can trust them? Your tax dollars at work.

  4. Damn, I need one of those helmets! Be handy at the range both for hearing protection and weirding people out. ‘What’s that?’ ‘The unit’s on standby’.