Here’s a great pic of a Marine light armored vehicle in Iraq:
U.S. Marine Cpls. Joshua Sanchez (left) and Jared Broderick take a break outside of their light armored vehicle parked on a hill overlooking the city of Hit, Iraq, on Dec. 5, 2005. Sanchez and Broderick are scouts with 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). DoD photo by Cpl Chad H. Leddy, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)
The first thing you’ll notice, when comparing this to a Stryker, is that the Marines have elected to hang all sorts of crap on the outside of the vehicle rather than install slat armor.
And this makes me ask once again: Is anyone aware of Marine LAV losses to RPG fire? I realize that there aren’t nearly as many Marine LAVs in Iraq as there are Strykers, but they’ve been in the thick of it in Anbar all along. Just curious.
And I still think a 25mm turret for the Stryker would come in handy.