Upgraded Strykers

Fleet of ‘double-V hull’ Strykers growing in Afghanistan

Two hundred of the double-V hulls are now in Afghanistan, with more slated to arrive in coming months, according to Lori Grein, a public affairs officer with the Project Executive Office-Ground Combat Systems. There are almost no flat-bottom Strykers left in Afghanistan, Grein said; most have been replaced by the double-V hulls…

Soldiers who swap the older Strykers for double-V hulls notice few differences.

“Ergonomically speaking they have kept everything the same,” said Wood, 25, of Oakfield, N.Y., who patrols regularly in a double-V hull out of Combat Outpost Talukan in Kandahar province. “All the changes they have made are behind the scenes.”


  1. Why WTF? They’re supposed to not notice any differences — except that they’re taking far fewer casualties because a double-V hulled Stryker is significantly better protected against IEDs than its flat hulled counterpart. Otherwise, you want it to operate just like a regular Stryker.

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