Rangers lead the way in an 8-wheeled armored car

Ranger regiment in Afghanistan to get 16 Strykers

This development escaped my attention until it was mentioned in Strategy Page today.

The 2/75 Ranger battalion will be getting 16 Strykers when they deploy to Afghanistan later this year.

The 75th Ranger Regiment is the Army’s most elite airborne infantry outfit. It is headquartered at Fort Benning, Ga., and its three battalions are stationed at Fort Benning, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., and Fort Lewis, Wash.

“The Rangers have been looking to upgrade for some time and now, during the war, is a great opportunity,” said a senior special operations officer. “I don’t see it as a mission change, just another tool to prosecute the mission from a protected, versatile mobility platform.” The Rangers have seen the value of the Stryker in urban operations when working side-by-side with Stryker units in Iraq, the officer said.

This should provide some more valuable information about the true performance of the Stryker, especially in less-urban areas than it’s mostly been used in in Iraq.

I’d be curious to know what the mix of vehicle types will be, and how many Humvees and other vehicles will be used in addition to these 16 Strykers. And if the Rangers will be making any changes to the Stryker before they deploy. And if they’re going to utilize the anti-RPG slat armor. And what changes the Rangers will make once they’re in the field.

Basically, I have a lot of questions. But I think this is a good move.

Comments

  1. Can you imagine the Rangers asking for something like — ummm M-113s? Have to laugh at that thought. Strykers really make sense for these guys — quiet, fast, protected, and lethal. Just can’t picture Rangers in anything else. Hoo-Ah!

  2. That’s a great point. While Murdoc maintains the positions that there’s room in the Army for M113s AND Strykers, I can’t really see the M113 being what the Rangers would want. Of course, I’m a little surprised that they want Strykers…

  3. Being a Ranger, oh yeah, and a Ranger that is the lead driver for a convoy of Strykers, I have, I think, the right to put in my two cents. The Stryker has turned out to be an excellent vehicle for us. We have made it our own,(meaning weve modified it a great deal)and weve been very succesfull with it. With the growing and ever present threat of ieds the added security allows us to do , well, what we do. Sorry for not including my name but if any wish to comment ill be happy to respond.