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May 13, 2021

US Army ditching Stryker Mobile Gun Systems

The US Army has announced that it will divest all of its Stryker Mobile Gun Systems (MGS) by the end of 2022, citing ‘obsolescence and systemic issues’ with the cannon and autoloader.

By Harry Lye

The US Army said new lethality efforts for Stryker, including the Medium Calibre Weapons System, the Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station–Javelin, Anti-Tank Guided Missile updates, and 30mm cannons, provided ‘better-distributed capability’ than the Stryker MGS.

The decision to scrap the Stryker MGS followed a study that identified the cannon and autoloader issues.

The army said it would continue to invest in ‘more cost-effective solutions’ that would meet ‘limited capability gaps’ not yet filled by other lethality improvements as it moves to scrap the Stryker MGS.

Army deputy chief of staff G-8 Lieutenant General James Pasquarette said: “Decisions on when it is best to divest a system currently in the force are not taken lightly.

“The army has done its due diligence to ensure lethality upgrades will remain intact to provide our Stryker formations the capabilities they need in the future.”

The Stryker MGS was the first US Army system to incorporate an automatic loader and the system has not been upgraded with the more protected Double-V hull used on newer Stryker vehicles.

The army statement added: “In the early 2000s when it was developed, the Stryker MGS was state-of-the-art technology and provided needed capabilities to our soldiers.

“For over 15 years, the Stryker MGS has enabled Stryker brigade combat teams to provide direct supporting fires to assault infantry by destroying or suppressing hardened enemy bunkers, machine guns and sniper positions in urban, restricted and open-rolling terrain.”

The Stryker MGS features a 105mm cannon and was produced between 2002 and 2010. The US Army said the divestment would not affect US Industry as it is no longer in production.

Stryker is an 8×8 wheeled vehicle built by General Dynamics Land Systems and has been in service since 2002.

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