US Army tests new capabilities of Stryker ATGM vehicle

16 October 2020 (Last Updated October 16th, 2020 15:23)

The US Army has tested the new capabilities of the Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) vehicle.

US Army tests new capabilities of Stryker ATGM vehicle
A Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) crew from 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division scans for enemy threats during the system operational test. Credit: Lawrence Boyd, Visual Information Specialist, US Army Operational Test Command.

The US Army has tested the new capabilities of the Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) vehicle.

Conducted by the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the operational testing evaluated the effectiveness of networked lethality capabilities of the vehicles.

The technology is designed to enable the crew to transfer images, reports and cue targets between vehicle platforms and within the platoon, boosting the operational effectiveness of the Stryker ATGM vehicle.

It is also expected to help the vehicles in increasing their tactical dispersion within the limits of the terrain.

US Army 1st Cavalry Regiment, 8th Squadron, Delta Troop, 2nd Platoon Sergeant Sgt 1st Class Joe Raynel said: “The network lethality upgrade is a game-changer. The ability to create a route or develop an engagement area and share amongst the platoon increases the Stryker’s operational effectiveness.”

The Stryker vehicles underwent Modified Improved Target Acquisition System (MITAS) upgrade recently. The addition of networked lethality was part of this modification.

Other MITAS upgrades include the precision far target locator (pFTL) for improved accuracy in detecting targets, image enhancement, high-definition colour camera and upgraded missile launcher.

The optical enhancements will also allow the gunner to hit targets at greater ranges.

Following the completion of tactical missions, all soldiers submitted feedback to the Operational Test Command (OTC) officers.

OTC Maneuver Test Directorate director Colonel Jason Kniffen said: “The army’s Operational Test Command thrives on conducting independent operational testing to inform acquisition and fielding decisions based on the Warfighter’s voice.

“The Stryker ATGM operational test provided vital data that will inform the army’s decision to field the Stryker ATGM in the future.”