Infantry Carrier Vehicle M1126 Stryker1-7

M1126: General
Date of first accaptance May 2002
Manufacturer GM GDLS Defense Group, L.L.C. Crew
11 men:
  • Commander hull right center
  • Driver in hull left front
  • 9 passengers
M1126: Dimensions
Combat weight ~38,000lbs
Height 122.88"
Length 286.3"
Width 116.43"
Wheel clearance 21"
M1126: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Max traverse rate Elevation
.50cal M2HB MG
40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher Mk19 MOD3
Remote weapon system M151E2 2000 rounds .50cal
480 rounds 40mm
60°/sec +55° to -20°
Azimuth and elevtation
Night vision
Thermal for commander, AN/VAS-5 thermal for driver
M1126: Armor
High hard steel structure
Maximum .5"
M1126: Automotive
Engine Caterpillar 3126; 6-cylinder, 4-cycle inline turbocharged diesel
Horsepower 350@2500rpm Fuel capacity 53gal
Transmission Allison MD 3066P, 6 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Hydraulic, steering wheel
Brakes Dual-circuit hydraulic with air-power assist; anti-lock system on rear 3 axles
M1126: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Hydropneumatic 4/side On each wheel
M1126: Performance
Max level road speed 60mph
Max trench 78"
Max grade 60% Max slideslope 30%
Max vertical obstacle 23"
Min turning diameter 52'
Max fording depth 51"
Cruising range ~330mi, roads
~530km, roads

The Stryker ICV is the basis for a family of vehicles. The vehicles are full time 4-wheel drive with selectable 8-wheel drive, and the front two axles are steered. The transmission includes a 2-speed transfer case. Strykers are fitted with a height management system integrated with the hydropneumatic suspension that allows the vehicles to be lowered for loading aboard transport aircraft. Runflat tire liners are fitted that can sustain speeds of 48kph (30mph) after the tires have been compromised. A central tire inflation system is also mounted, and this has settings for highways, cross-country, snow/mud/sand, and emergency pressure. Strykers are fitted with the FBCB2 (Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below) Blue Force Tracker for identifying and transmitting the locations of friendly and enemy forces. Instead of the .50cal MG or 40mm grenade launcher, a 7.62mm M240B machine gun can be mounted on the remote weapon system (RWS) via an adapter, and 3200 7.62mm rounds can be carried. Four 4-barrel 66mm M6 smoke grenade launchers are also mounted on the RWS.

The vehicle commander sits behind the engine on the right side of the vehicle, directly behind the RWS. The commander has two monitors, one directly in front of him for the RWS fire control unit--which can also show the image from the driver's thermal viewer--and one to his front left for the FBCB2 system. The infantry squad leader sits beside the commander, and is provided with a video display terminal that can show images from the RWS, driver's thermal viewer, FBCB2 system, vehicle diagnostic systems, or integral training software. The infantry squad uses a rear ramp for entry and egress, and a door is built into the right side of the ramp. Two inboard-facing benches are provided, seating five men on the left side and four opposite them. The vehicle commander and squad leaders have roof hatches, two air guard hatches are placed in the rear roof, and a side escape hatch is found between the second and third axles on the hull's upper left side. A 21,000lb- (9525kg-) self-recovery winch is mounted behind the driver's hatch.

Strykers can resist 7.62mm machine gun fire with their armor base, and up to 14.5mm machine gun fire all-around when fitted with MEXAS 2C armor tiles. Slat armor can also be mounted to help protect against antitank rockets. The slat armor arrays add ~2,200kg (~4,850lbs) to the vehicle's weight, which can adversely affect the central tire inflation system as well as the vehicle's handling.

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