According to Michael Gilbert, a journalist tagging along with the Stryker brigade,
Like many soldiers in the Stryker brigade, the crew of Charlie 1-4 had their worries about how their vehicle would hold up if it were struck by a roadside bomb.
Count them as big believers in the Stryker after their encounter with an improvised explosive device on a dirt street a week ago.
“If it had been a Humvee, we’d all be dead,” said Sgt. 1st Class Mike Farnum, the senior man aboard Charlie 1-4 when it was struck by the IED the afternoon of Dec. 13.
Only the driver, Pfc. Chris Hegyes, 21, was injured, suffering a broken right foot and ankle. The rest of the crew was unharmed.
The blast started a fire in the engine compartment that eventually engulfed the vehicle.
Stay tuned to MO for coverage of the Stryker deployment.
UPDATE: Upon further review, it occurrs to me that the slat armor anti-RPG “cage” isn’t present in this picture. If you look at the pic from the Tribnet.com article taken by journalist Michael Gilbert, you can clearly see the slat armor in place after the Stryker has been loaded onto a transport vehicle. From the looks of the hatches and damage, it seems to be the same Stryker, which makes sense because we’ve only lost one to enemy fire. What’s the deal?
Looking at the plowed sand under the wheels, maybe the slat-less pic was taken later after the Stryker had been towed to that spot for inspection? I’m not sure. Any ideas?
Also, here’s a pic of Bravo Co, 5th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 20th Infantry Regiment in action on 12/15/03. Note the slat armor on the Stryker.