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August 11, 2021

US Army to equip additional Strykers with 30mm MCWS

The US Army seeks to equip up to six Stryker brigades with 30mm Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS).

The US Army is set to equip an additional 83 Stryker combat vehicles with the 30 mm Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS).

The US Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal (ACC- DTA) has awarded a $99m order to Oshkosh Defense to upgrade another Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) with the weapon system.

The latest order comes nearly two months after the US Army selected Oshkosh Defense and partners Pratt Miller Defense and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to integrate the 30mm MCWS onto the Stryker Double V Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICVVA1).

Initially, a $130m order was awarded to upgrade 91 Stryker vehicles.

Under the programme, up to six Stryker brigades will be upgraded with Oshkosh Defense MCWS.

Oshkosh Defense US Army and US Marine Corps Programs vice-president and general manager Pat Williams said: “The Oshkosh Defense MCWS is a highly capable weapon that meets all requirements.

“We are proud that the US Army has ordered additional MCWS to outfit a second Stryker brigade.”

According to Oshkosh Defense, MCWS is based on Rafael’s proven SAMSON family of turrets. The system was customised to meet the mission requirements of the US Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs).

After the US Army awarded the initial order, Oshkosh Defense’s Production Representative System Sample (PRSS) commenced government Risk Mitigation Testing.

Williams added: “As part of the Risk Mitigation Testing, Soldiers have had the opportunity to interact with the Oshkosh Defense MCWS. The feedback from the first soldier touchpoint has been very positive and reaffirms our soldier-centric design.”

Last month, Oshkosh Defense secured a $152m order to deliver additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) to the US Armed Forces.

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