Army Public Affairs has a good write-up of the Stryker Brigade. Among the points:
- The brigade has earned the nickname “Ghost Riders” from Iraqi citizens because the wheeled vehicles are so much quieter and faster than tracked vehicles.
- Despite the success so far of the add-on slat armor against RPG attacks, the Army is working on reactive armor kits for the Strykers
- The reactive armor kits would be pre-positioned and applied as needed
- The first brigade with reactive armor will be fielded next March (the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade?)
- The second operational Stryker brigade, the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, is undergoing its Initial Operational Capabilities evaluation and should be ready to go this summer
- The 172nd Brigade will be next, followed by the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (which currently uses armored Humvees)
- One improvement that will be made is lengthening the sensor mast on the Recon Stryker for better, um, sensing
- Surprise! Surprise! The Near-Term Digital Radios are going to be replaced. They have been a source of complaints since before the current brigade began testing last spring.
- There apparently are logistical and maintenance benefits so far due to the common vehicle system as the Army hoped – 160 lines of spares instead of the typical 300
- Operational readiness has been above 90%
So far, so good. The Stryker seems to be performing at least as well as the Army hoped and far, far better than the vehicles detractors predicted. The brigade hasn’t been involved in a serious battle so far, though, so the jury is still out. But all indications seem to be good.