Stryker Armored Vehicle

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Product Type:

Armored Wheeled Vehicle

Using Service (US):


Program Status:

In Production

Prime Contractor:

General Dynamics Corporation

The Stryker Armored Vehicle

About the Stryker Vehicle:

The Stryker is a family of 8 wheel drive heavily armored vehicles designed to enable the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) to maneuver more easily in close and urban terrain while providing protection in the open. The Stryker vehicles (manufactured by General Dynamics - Land Systems) are powered by a single Caterpillar C7 JP-8 compatible diesel engine with 350 hp. The Stryker can reach speeds of up to 60 mph (96 km/h) with a maximum range of 330 miles (531 km).

There are two main versions, which include the Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) and the Mobile Gun System (MGS) and as of September 2011, the U.S. Army has purchased a total of 4,057 vehicles. The Stryker will replace the Army's M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). The ICV comes in nine different variants, including the standard version (ICV), Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV), Mortar Carrier (MC), Command Vehicle (CV), Fire Support Vehicle, (FSV), Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV), Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV), Anti-tank Guided Missile Vehicle (ATGM), and NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV). The first Stryker vehicles were delivered to the U.S. Army in February 2002.

The Stryker can be deployed by C-5 Galaxy (carries 4), C-17 Globemaster (carries 3), and C-130 Hercules (carries 1) military transport aircraft and be combat-ready upon arrival.

The Stryker features an internetted C4ISR capability; integral all-around 14.5mm armor protection and 152mm artillery airburst protection (upgradeable to RPG protection with add-on armor); self-deployment and self-recovery capability; reduced vehicle acoustic signature; the ability to carry a nine-man infantry or engineer squad; and bunker and wall breaching capabilities.

The Stryker was also General Dynamics Land Systems' contestant for the AMPV program (expected to be worth about $5-7 billion) to replace the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), however, the company pulled out of the competition prematurely, leaving BAE Systems' tracked Bradley IFV as the sole contender.

ICV Standard Variant:

The Stryker ICV provides protected battlefield transport of up to nine combat equipped troops (+2 crew). The mounted weapon station allows for direct fire support to dismounted troops during assaults. As the most common variant in the Stryker family of vehicles, the ICV is first and foremost responsible for the movement of troops across the field of battle. The ICV can be equipped with a variety of survivability kits, thus making it one of the most versatile and safest personnel carriers in the U.S. Army's inventory.

Mobile Gun System (MGS):

The MGS provides lethal direct fire using its fully stabilized 105mm M68A1 rifled gun to support dismounted infantry, while providing solid protection to its crew of three. The MGS variant supports dismounted infantry and engages the enemy in close combat to clear opposition and permit rapid movement, thus allowing the force to maintain the initiative, occupy and/or secure key objectives and defeat strong points such as walls, bunkers, and buildings.


The Stryker ICV variants can be equipped with a .50 caliber (12.7mm) M2 machine gun or an M240 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The Standard ICV, the Command Vehicle CV, and the Recovery Vehicle (RV) variants can be equipped with an Mk 19 40mm grenade launcher instead of the .50 caliber MG. The Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle (ATGM) variant uniquely features a Raytheon BGM-71 TOW II anti-tank missile system. The Mortar Carrier (MC) variant uniquely features a Soltam Systems 120mm mortar + 81mm and 60mm mortars to support dismounted troops. The Stryker MEV (Medical Evacuation Vehicle) carries no weaponry. The Stryker MGS variant is equipped with a 105mm main tank gun, which can fire up to 6 rounds per minute, a .50 caliber M2 machine gun, and an M240 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The MGS features an automated ammunition handling system with a capacity of 18 rounds for the 105mm main gun.


The Stryker vehicle is designed to enable the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) to maneuver more easily in close and urban terrain while providing protection in open terrain. It meets the U.S. Army's current transformation goal, which is to equip a strategically deployable brigade (using a C-17 or C-5) and an operationally deployable brigade (using a C-130) that is capable of rapid movement anywhere on the globe in a combat-ready configuration.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - Stryker Vehicle DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and General Dynamics Land Systems.

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