Strykers Checking Out

Soldiers with Company F, "Fierce Company," 52nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, cross the border into Kuwait, Aug. 16, symbolizing the end of their yearlong deployment and the departure of the last of the combat troops in Iraq.

Soldiers with Company F, 'Fierce Company,' 52nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Division-Center, cross the border into Kuwait, Aug. 16, symbolizing the end of their yearlong deployment and the departure of the last of the combat troops in Iraq. Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Johnson.

I believe that’s an M1127 Reconnaissance Vehicle model.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever noticed the transparent shield for the open driver’s hatch before. Is that a recent development?

The microphones visible sticking up on the rear right of the vehicle (left side of the picture) are the Boomerang gunshot detection system. I’ve not heard much about how widely-used that is or how well it’s performed in the field so far.

Between the slat armor, the camo netting, and all the crap piled on, Strykers look more top-heavy than ever.

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  1. … not to mention the weight of the EFP armor protecting the lower hull (below the slat).

    The Boomerang may be real, or a decoy — lots of these systems are in use on Strykers, MRAPs, HMMWVs, and other vehicles, plus lots more decoy antennas. It has such a distinct profile you don’t want to advertise which vehicles have the capability and which don’t. Boomerang has performed pretty well for us with a few minor flaws, though I won’t go into specifics for obvious reasons.

  2. That does look like a scout/recon variant (note what appears to be the LRAS3 to the right of the gun shield)…which would be odd. The various companies of the 52nd Infantry Regiment are all the brigade ATGM (TOW) companies of the SBCTs.

    Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, the artillery battalions of SBCTs aren’t assigned any Stryker vehicles, recon, FIST, or otherwise. However, the ATGM company, as a brigade asset, might be placed there for UCMJ and admin purposes (keeps the maneuver battalion commanders from fighting over it).

  3. The driver’s windscreen has been part of the vehicle’s kit since the first AVGPs in 1979.

    Cheers

  4. That’s an M1127 Stryker RV, all right.

    The gunshield is an important add-on, because the M1127 lacks an RWS — this is also true of the M1130 Stryker CV (Command Vehicle), despite the fact that both were required to have an RWS by the IAV requirements (which didn’t stop the Army asshats from buying these vehicles anyway… and NEVER correcting the problem). I don’t recall ever seeing a *transparent* gunshield on a Stryker, though.

    As for the weight, this should give you some idea of how much this vehicle is weighed-down (estimates are indicated with an “*”);
    M1127 Stryker RV (no modifications, empty): 20 short tons
    M1127 Stryker RV (no modifications, combat): 22 short tons
    MEXAS applique armor: 750lbs
    Slat Armor: 7500lbs
    Steel slabs (added to Slat Armor): ~4000lbs*
    Gunshield: ~500lbs*
    EAPU: ~750lbs*
    Driver’s station casemate: ~750lbs*

    Between all that, it should all weigh around 29 short tons — atop a suspension that was designed to carry a combat weight of 15 short tons (before it was weakened further, as a consequence of a weight-savings strategy).

    1. Actual combat weight is closer to 50k….
      With a suspension designed for 36k
      Global Defense or someplace actually got a copy of our load weights…..

      MGS is obviously more – but I won’t say how much…..

      and the suspension remains overloaded….

  5. I gave up long ago beating my head against the “armored gamma goat.” Eventually the stryker clique will completely fade away and common sense will make another appearance.

  6. The carapace windshield is a recent addition – but by no means new….
    While it is admittedly easier to drive unbuttoned – it’s not for any other reason than it looks cooler to sit up and Joe won’t stay buttoned up when driving …..and then complains about being a target.

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