The Army News Service released this video of the Army’s new Stryker combat vehicle.
The new versions of the 8-wheeled Interim Armored Vehicle have two major upgrades: a 30mm cannon and a Javelin anti-tank missile system.
Previously Strykers had only .50 cal machine guns or MK19 40mm grenade launchers.
During the recent 30 mm cannon testing at Aberdeen, Soldiers saw a vast improvement in accuracy compared to the .50-caliber machine gun.
“With this, we’re seeing a shot group about the size of a basketball,” Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Young, senior NCO of the Army’s Stryker program, said of the remote-operated cannon hitting a target at 1,800 meters away. “If I aim at something, I know I’m going to hit it and I’m going to do damage to it.”
Two New Stryker Variants
The upgrades come in two variants. One featuring the cannon and the other, the Javelin system.
The 30mm and Javelin variants join 9 other configurations of the flexible combat vehicle system that include everything from troop transport to medical evacuation capabilities.