Stryker from above

Not much time to write today, so I’ll give you a pic:

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Found at Army Images via Stryker Brigade News.

A while back I noticed at least one picture of a Stryker with a spare tire tossed aboard, and I read or heard another story about a quick stop to change a tire. At the time I wondered if maybe the Army had changed its mind and decided to carry spares or if maybe the troops themselves took it upon themselves to carry spares. The Stryker doesn’t normally carry a spare tire, unlike the Marine LAVs.

Well, since then, I don’t think I’ve seen a single photo with a spare being carried. Any ideas?


  1. I think it’d be a good idea to have a spare, regardless of what the powers wanted. Whether you stopped to change it, or not would depend on how much unfavorable attention you were getting from nearby spectators at the time…….I guess! LOL!

  2. Looks to me like Strykers need an enclosed roof rack like you’d put on your sedan or SUV (ideally Kelvar lined to limit the damage when the ammo boxes are hit), as clearly they carry of a lot of cargo loose on the top.

  3. Marines are generally tasked as a lighter force capable of operating with a longer/thinner logistics tail. This might account for different philosophies regarding spare tires.