Hopefully we’ll be hearing more about this soon, but for now all we’ve got is a press release:
General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), yesterday delivered the first two of 72 low-rate initial production (LRIP) Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS) variant vehicles to the U.S. Army at Anniston (Ala.) Army Depot.
The Stryker MGS variant is a direct-fire infantry assault platform with a 105mm cannon mounted in a low-profile, fully stabilized, “shoot-on-the-move” turret and integrated into the Stryker chassis. It carries 18 rounds of NATO-
standard 105mm main gun ammunition; 400 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition; and 3,400 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. It destroys enemy vehicles, equipment and hardened positions with its bunker and wall-breaching capability.
The MGS LRIP vehicles will be used for various tests and user evaluations through the fourth quarter of 2007. The Milestone C decision to begin full-rate production of the MGS variant is slated for the fourth quarter of 2007 as well.
The Stryker brigades have complained at times about the lack of heavy firepower. The MGS has been long plagued by all sorts of problems, and even if/when they’re worked out, it’s a compromise. We’ll have to see if it can be anywhere nearly as successful as the operational variants of the Stryker have been so far.
The first NBC Recon variant was just delivered last week. The MGS and the NBC Recon are the last two variants that the Army is waiting on.
The Canadians are planning to utilize the Stryker MGS, as well.
Has anyone heard anything about the prototype Stryker howitzer?