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More Double-V Hull Strykers

Dar Barker, a General Dynamics Land Systems retrofit chief from Puyallup, Wa., directs an armored combat vehicle outside the Stryker battle damage repair facility at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, Oct. 5. The Stryker infantry carrier vehicle had been restored after deterioration during enemy engagement in Iraq. It's the first vehicle to adopt a new desert tan color in Southwest Asia, in preparation for a planned phase out of the Stryker's current deep green color. Photo by Dustin Senger

US Plans Radical Upgrade of Stryker Brigades If the US Army can manage to keep its future budgets in line with current projections, the service will transform all nine of its Stryker brigades into the heavily armored “double V-hull” (DVH) configuration. The Army already fields two DVH brigades while a third is in the works […]

Ranger Scan

A U.S. Army Ranger with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment scans his sector during a live-fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Rangers were conducting training to maintain their tactical skills and overall proficiency. (DoD photo by Pfc. Sean Carlos, U.S. Army/Released)

A U.S. Army Ranger with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment scans his sector during a live-fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Rangers were conducting training to maintain their tactical skills and overall proficiency. (DoD photo by Pfc. Sean Carlos, U.S. Army/Released)

Strykers arrive at Fort Carson

An eight-wheel Stryker vehicle from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment is used in a Joint Task Force-East training exercise Sept. 3, 2009, at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo/Released)

1st Armored BCT, 4th Infantry Division, is converting to Stryker: New Stryker vehicles arrive at Fort Carson “This is a great day for 1st Brigade 4th Infantry Division,” said Col. David Hodne as he surveyed a railyard packed with the new vehicles. Hodne’s brigade is trading M-1 tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles for the lighter […]

Tanks: ‘Something of a relic’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a joint air mobility exercise with Airmen from the 21st Airlift Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Cali., Jan. 13-17, 2014, at Fort Carson’s Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group airfield. The exercise was held in order to validate air loads on a C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft as part of the Global Response Force mission to rapidly deploy worldwide in support of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The joint exercise also focused on proper tie-down procedures of equipment, which included an M1A2 SEP (V2) Abrams Main Battle Tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, 3rd ABCT Public Affairs, 4th Inf. Div.)

The end of the tank? The Army says it doesn’t need it, but industry wants to keep building it. This article oversimplifies a lot of things about tanks and jumps to a lot of conclusions about their obsolescence, but it does contain a lot of interesting information about the state of the armor-building industry. BAE: […]

MRAP to Scrap

A U.S. Army paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team fires his M4 carbine at insurgents during a firefight June 30, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The vehicle he is using for cover is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod, Task Force 1-82 PAO)

US military chops up $1-million vehicles A lot of folks were concerned that the military was overbuying the MRAPs by a pretty significant margin. It costs about $12,000 to crunch and dispose of a single MRAP here, said Mark E. Wright, a Defense Department spokesman. To ship one back to the U.S. and rebuild it […]