A reader tips me off to this article. He noted that it was nothing major, but that “soldiers dig ’em, chicks think they’re
At least some of the Strykers are getting the piles of sandbags on top replaced by steel plate:
Mechanics of 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, or “Deuce-Four,” for example, are wrapping the top of the Stryker with 3/8-inch steel plating to provide additional protection to the crews who stand in the open hatches.
Soldiers had used stacked sandbags, usually three bags high and sometimes two rows deep, as a buffer. But the added weight at times caused the wheel hubs to break, said Staff Sgt. Jason Stauff, the shop foreman and senior mechanic.
Since they’ve replaced the heavier sandbags with steel, the number of broken hubs has decreased to nearly nonexistent, said Sgt. 1st Class Brent Stafford, motor sergeant for the Combat Repair Team.
Spc. Krist Zeynalyan sums up the Stryker very neatly, I think, when he says
“There are pros and cons to everything, but the pros far outweigh the cons.”
One thing MO takes exception to, though, is this:
Soldiers in Iraq complain mostly about heat in the vehicle and the inability of the main weapon, either a grenade launcher or a heavy machine gun, to hit targets when moving. The Army hopes to correct the weapons problem beginning next summer. [emphasis mine]
The inability of the weapon to hit targets while moving isn’t a problem. It was intentional because they opted to go with an unstabilized weapons mount. They’re going to upgrade this, and rightly so. But it’s not a fix to a “problem”. They decided to incorporate the inability to hit targets while moving into the design.
As for the heat, which has been discussed quite a bit, I’ve got to think that heat is going to pretty much be a problem with any design in Iraq.
Except for the air transportability issue (which is a biggie, make no doubt), the Stryker generally seems to meeting or exceeding expectations. As improvements are made, many in response to the CALL report from last year, it will be even better.
No wonder chicks think they’re cool.