I wondered about the 50% success rate of the Stryker’s slat armor last week. Seems I was right to.
The Army report found that the Stryker’s protective slat armor — essentially a metal cage that is welded to the vehicle — is effective against just half of all rocket-propelled grenades, or RPGs. The armor, developed specifically for use in Iraq, is designed to “catch” or deflect the grenades so they detonate before penetrating the vehicle.
Soldiers and commanders said the 50 percent figure was highly misleading because it characterized shrapnel sprayed by RPGs detonating on the slats as a failure. But soldiers said that in such instances, most of the Stryker’s occupants remain safe. Gunners exposed from three hatches are still vulnerable, but not because of any shortcoming in the vehicle, they contended.
“That’s the operational risk you take,” said Capt. Rob Born, 30, a Stryker company commander from Burke.
The current Stryker unit in Iraq has sustained more than 250 RPG attacks in six months, including more than 70 direct hits, according to brigade figures. None has penetrated a vehicle. [emphasis mine]
It would be nice to see just a little bit of constructive coverage of the military from time to time without it being a correction or clarification of bad initial reporting.
What if Legacy Media ran a story saying that the Interceptor Body Vest armor was getting about a 20% success rate in Iraq? Plaster that statistic all over the place for several days, then come back a week later and say that the “failures” were cases where the ceramic inserts were destroyed and had to be replaced.
Hello, McFly! That’s HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO WORK.
Clueless. Take two parts “No Right Answer” game, add three parts “no real understanding of the military”, and flavor to taste using “rabid anti-Stryker talking points”.
BTW, I didn’t get part 2 of my Stryker Report coverage posted this weekend, but it will be up soon.
UPDATE: Forgot to include this snippet from the article, as well:
In addition, the report noted that the slat armor, which adds 2.5 tons to the vehicle, requires additional air pressure for the tires. The report said nine tires a day need to be changed as a result, but Debruller and others said tire damage is caused as much by roadside bombs as it is by the added weight.
The soldiers said they would gladly accept the maintenance work caused by the added weight as a cost of the safety of the slat armor.
Asked about the report’s finding that the slat armor’s added weight caused handling and performance problems during the rainy season, when parts of Mosul can be reduced to a swamp, Debruller replied: “No kidding.”