Came across this pic in yesterday’s Frontline Photos:
First of all, it’s a cool picture.
Second of all, it’s a model with a 25mmm chain gun turret. Gotta love that. And I still think that Strykers would benefit from a similar turret. At least some variants. Don’t tell me that weight (or size) is keeping it off due to air transport restrictions. The Stryker is way over requirements anyway. If Strykers really, truly would need to be deployed via C-130, leave the 25mm variants behind. In all other cases (probably 95% or more of the Strykers actual use) it would be a welcome addition to the brigades.
And finally, the Marine LAVs don’t utilize the slat armor that Strykers do. I imagine that it could be bolted on somehow if they really wanted/needed it, so my question is this: Have the Marines not had trouble with RPGs? I know that there are a lot more Strykers than there are Marine LAVs in Iraq, but the Marines have been in some pretty hairy places all along. I’ve not heard of any LAVs being taken out by RPGs.