10 Jul '18, 8am

Army Anti-Aircraft Stryker Can Kill Tanks Too

Anti-aircraft Stryker variant chosen by the US Army: 4 Stinger missiles on one side, two Hellfires on the other, with a 30 mm autocannon (and 12.7 mm machinegun) in between (Leonardo DRS) With its eyes firmly on Russia , the US Army is racing to field 8×8 Strykers with an array of weapons that can down enemy aircraft — from drones to helicopters to jets — and incidentally make enemy tanks think twice. The first prototypes will be delivered next year, with up to 144 (four battalions) by 2022, although the contract details are still being negotiated. With the IM-SHORAD (Initial Maneuver Short Range Air Defense ) Stryker, “you’ll have more combat power, more lethality, than the Bradley fighting vehicle, ” says Ed House, the retired Army infantry colonel who runs the program for Leonardo DRS. German 88 mm anti-tank cannon from World War II, derived from an anti-aircraft gun No...

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/07/army-anti-aircraft-st...

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