Enables the Army to immediately respond to urgent operational requirements anywhere in the world using rapidly deployable, agile, and strategically responsive combat support vehicles.
As the primary combat and combat support platform of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the Stryker Family of Vehicles fulfills an immediate requirement for a strategically deployable (C-130) brigade capable of rapid movement anywhere on the globe in a combat-ready configuration. The Stryker Family of Vehicles is built on a common chassis, each with a different mission equipment package. There are 10 variants, including the Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV), the Mobile Gun System (MGS), the Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV), the Mortar Carrier (MC), the Commander’s Vehicle (CV), the Fire Support Vehicle (FSV), the Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV), the Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV), the Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Vehicle, and the Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBC RV). Additionally, there are Double V-Hull (DVH) variants, for the following: ICV, CV, MEV, MC, ATGM, FSV, and ESV.
The Stryker variants (excluding the MEV, ATGM, FSV, RV, and MGS) are armed with a Remote Weapons Station supporting an M2 .50 caliber machine gun or MK19 40mm automatic grenade launcher, the M6 smoke grenade launcher, and a thermal weapons sight. Stryker supports communication suites that integrate the Single Channel Ground and Air Radio Systems (SINCGARS) radio family; Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS); Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) or Blue Force Tracker (BFT); high-frequency and multiband very high and ultra high frequency radio systems. Stryker provides 360 degree protection against armor piercing threats. The vehicle is powered by a 350 horsepower diesel engine, runs on eight run flat wheels, and has a central tire inflation system. It also incorporates a vehicle height management system.
The Stryker program leverages nondevelopmental items with common subsystems and components to allow rapid acquisition and fielding. Stryker integrates government furnished materiel subsystems as required and stresses performance and commonality to reduce the logistics footprint and minimize costs.
Current Operations: Combat proven in Iraq and Afghanistan, Stryker vehicles have logged more than 40 million combat miles with operational readiness rates greater than 96 percent. Stryker completed 15 rotations in theater with all 10 variants in their inventory including DVH vehicles.
Improvements: In response to a need to better protect Stryker Soldiers from the threat of mines and improvised explosive devices, the Stryker DVH effort emerged. DVH includes: a new hull configuration, increased protection, upgraded suspension and braking system, wider tires, blast attenuating seats, and a height management system designed to increase ground clearance and improve both survivability and mobility.
Additionally, the Stryker fleet is currently being upgraded with Capability Set 14 network enhancements. Those capabilities include the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) and Blue Force Tracker II (BFT II).
Modernization: The Stryker Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) program is currently in development to address size, weight, and power cooling shortcomings of the vehicle, and to enable the vehicle to support future network configurations. The ECP program will deliver increased engine horsepower, increased alternator output, a suspension upgrade, and an intra vehicle network.
Production: Stryker production includes the completion of NBC RVs and a 3rd Brigade of DVH exchange vehicles, produced by way of reused flat bottom (FB) components on a new DVH hull.