Land Platforms

AUSA 2017: Two new, more heavily armed Stryker variants heading to Europe

10 October 2017
GDLS Stryker fitted with the Kongsberg MC-RCT armed with the latest Orbital ATK Armament Systems 30 mm XM813 dual feed automatic cannon. Source: GDLS

The US Army's first 30 mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon, along with the first Stryker with CROWS-Javelin (CROWS-J), will go to Europe in December for an operational test, officials said during the Association of the US Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference.

Army leaders are calling the 30 mm-armed vehicle the 'Dragoon' and assigned it as the XM1296.

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) director of business development Mike Peck told Jane’s the company is building 10 Stryker Dragoon vehicles per month, and expects to have all 83 completed by May 2018. In December army soldiers are to begin ‘new equipment training’ with several of the up-gunned Strykers, Peck said.

The added firepower was driven through an operational need statement from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (known as the Dragoons) based at Vilseck in Germany. Service leaders approved that plan in 2015.

Colonel Glenn Dean, programme manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, told Jane’s the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is getting 83 of the up-gunned Dragoons and 87 CROWS-J vehicles.

CROWS-J integrates Javelin anti-tank missiles with the Kongsberg Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II).

For the Dragoon, Orbital ATK Armament Systems is supplying its 30 mm calibre XM813 Bushmaster dual feed automatic cannon in earnest for the programme. The cannon is fitted into Kongsberg's Medium Calibre Remote Controlled Turret (MC-RCT) and integrated on GDLS’ Strykers. Orbital ATK Armament Systems is contracted to supply 95 XM813 weapons to GDLS, deliveries which started in June and are scheduled to be finished by March 2018.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment is also getting a better equipped Stryker scout vehicle, Col Dean said.

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