Future Stryker: US Army to Address Mobility, Piecemeal Upgrade Issues

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Much better on pavement(click to view full) One complaint heard about the 8×8 wheeled Stryker armored vehicles in Afghanistan was that they had difficulties with the rough, mountainous off-road terrain. The Canadian forces in particular found that their Strykers’ mobility limitations created unacceptable difficulties. Another complaint about Stryker vehicles is that upgrades designed to address combat needs have been done in a piecemeal fashion. This has resulted in significant inefficiencies, including having to turn off some systems to operate others. To address Stryker vehicle limitations and overcome the piecemeal approach to vehicle improvements, the US Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has undertaken a Stryker modernization program… Stryker Improvements Stryker Modernization Concept(click to view full) As part of this effort, the command recently awarded a $203 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems to beef up the engine, suspension system, driveline, tires, and braking system on the Stryker. Under the contract, the Army and General Dynamics will develop various Stryker designs and build a demonstrator to assess options to enhance survivability, power, suspension, mobility and lethality, and the integration of new technologies. Among the modifications, the upgraded Stryker base vehicle will have: * 450-horsepower diesel engine; * suspension system and driveline […]

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