This morning I noticed this pic on Frontline Photos:
The caption reads
Sgt. Charles Lusk searches for an insurgent sniper who fired on his Stryker vehicle moments earlier in Mosul, Iraq, on Thursday.
but I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. I thought maybe it wasn’t actually a Stryker. Frontline Photos captions have been known to be just plain wrong in the past (for example), but this one was taken by a Military Times photographer so I was not really questioning the caption.
Well, as luck would have it, regular commenter and Stryker expert Shek emailed me with this tidbit on the photo:
Wanted to point out a photo that shows the new shields for the RV and FSV Strykers for the VC. The shield with the ballistic glass is Army fielded and ties in to the VC hatch and ballistic shield (chicken plate) on the weapon to provide nearly 360 degrees of protection for the VC. As you can see in the picture, the unit has also added some locally fabricated shields made out of steel that closes the small gaps at the rear between the hatch and Army fielded shield and adds additional ballistic protection to defeat/minimize fragments from larger IED blasts from reaching the VC.
(By the way: “VC” stands for “vehicle commander” and not “Viet Cong”, ya commies.)
I’ve pointed out previously that armor plating is replacing the sandbags we’ve grown accustomed to seeing atop the Strykers. This is additional armor, apparently only for Reconnaissance Vehicle and Fire Support Vehicle variants. Commanders on those puppies are far more effective when they can stand in their hatches, and the additional protection given by the armor while performing their duty is no doubt welcome.