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Posted: 4/13/2006 8:37:55 AM EDT
General Dynamics Awarded $464 Million Stryker Order
(Source: General Dynamics Land Systems; issued April 12, 2006)



STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. --- The U.S. Army has placed its 2006 fiscal year order for 306 Stryker wheeled combat vehicles from General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. The order is valued at $463.9 million and is an extension of a November 2000 contract to provide more than 2,100 armored vehicles. To date, approximately 1,500 Strykers have been delivered.

Work will be performed in Anniston, Ala.; Lima, Ohio; and London, Ontario, Canada, by existing General Dynamics employees. Vehicle deliveries are slated for April 2007 through March 2008.

Stryker, a family of eight-wheel-drive combat vehicles that can travel at speeds up to 62 mph on highways with a range of 312 miles, is the Army's highest-priority production combat vehicle program and the centerpiece of the ongoing Army Transformation. Stryker's current combined fleet operational readiness rate is in excess of 96 percent with more than 6 million miles accumulated through two completed Operation Iraqi Freedom rotations. Stryker vehicle variants have more than 70 percent common components within the 300- plus Strykers comprising a brigade combat team, increasing cost-effectiveness of the fleet by easing the unit's training and logistics burden.

Stryker operates with the latest C4ISR equipment and an integrated armor package protecting soldiers against improvised explosive devices, rocket propelled grenades and a variety of infantry weapons. The Mobile Gun Systems and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles, the newest Stryker configurations, were delivered in late 2005. Other Stryker vehicle configurations include: the anti-tank guided missile and medical evacuation vehicles; and carriers for mortars, engineer squads, command groups and fire- support teams.

Significantly lighter and more transportable than existing tanks and armored vehicles, Stryker fulfills an immediate requirement to equip a strategically deployable (C-17/C-5) and operationally deployable (C-130) brigade capable of rapid movement anywhere on the globe in a combat-ready configuration. Stryker Brigade Combat Teams have operated with "historically high" mission availability rates in Iraq since October 2003, demonstrating the value of a force that can move rapidly as a cohesive and networked combined- arms combat team.


Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:40:09 AM EDT
Meh.

It's still not a tank.

Bitch-ass beer can on wheels...
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:44:12 AM EDT
They pay for themselves since they don't have windshields that need replacing after attacks from 5 year old Iraqi kids with rocks.
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:45:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By doubleclaw:
Meh.

It's still not a tank.

Bitch-ass beer can on wheels...




Tanks only carry 4 people.

Reports seem to indicate the Stryker is pretty good at what it does.
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:46:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By doubleclaw:
Meh.

It's still not a tank.

Bitch-ass beer can on wheels...



It's not supposed to be a tank. It's also done very well in Iraq despite all the critics and naysayers. It has prevented a lot of troops deaths. Don't be so dismissive of it.
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:47:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/13/2006 9:06:59 AM EDT by kill-9]

Originally Posted By Spade:
Reports seem to indicate the Stryker is pretty good at what it does.



And what it does is burn. Looking for a reference now...

ETA: www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/congress/2003_rpt/stryker_reality_of_war.pdf
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14284-2005Mar30.html
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:49:33 AM EDT
If they shortened the tube on that Mobile Gun System, and the turrent has enought elevation the MGS might turn into a fairly competent urban-infantry supporter.
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 8:52:48 AM EDT
Speaking with a guy I know who is a M1 C/O, he thinks they're crap. And mentioned they're taking over a billion dollars away from M1 and M2 refurbishment. The sooner Rummy is out and he stops trying to turn our army into Megaforce, the happier I'll be.
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