GDLS Stryker A1 8x8 armored with 30mm Medium Caliber Weapon System ready for production

During the virtual edition of AUSA 2020, the United States Army Association defense association, General Dynamics Land Systems has presented its Stryker A1 8x8 armored vehicle fitted with a medium caliber weapon system armed with 30mm automatic cannon.
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Stryker A1  8x8 armored vehicle with a 30mm Medium Caliber Weapon System. (Picture source GDLS)

In 2018, General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has delivered 30mm lethality to the U.S. Army’s Stryker fleet with the ICV-Dragoon in collaboration with Kongsberg Defense. Now in 2020, General Dynamics Land Systems is proud to offer the Stryker MCWS (Medium Caliber Weapon System) - upgraded based on two years of Soldier experience and fully integrated on the new Stryker A1 chassis.

General Dynamics and Kongsberg have jointly developed a 30mm turret for integration onto US Army’s Stryker A1 infantry carrier vehicles. The Stryker A1 has new features including enhanced 360-degree situational awareness, redesigned squad leader/driver hatch, redesigned 7.62mm coaxial machine gun under armor, relocated smoke grenade launchers and enhanced storage.

The Stryker A1 is upgraded with a new armor package on the floor of the vehicle providing combat-proven double-V hull (DVH) configuration to enhanced survivability against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The A version is motorized with a more powerful 450-hp diesel engine, a 60,000 pounds (30-ton) suspension, 910-Amp alternator and in-vehicle network.

The Stryker A1 30mm is built to vastly increase the vehicle's survivability, mobility and power. The Stryker A1 30mm retains seating for a 9-Soldier squad, plus a 3-Soldier crew and increased stowage. The Stryker A1 30mm enhances situational awareness via stabilized independent sight and "surround view" SA cameras, 8-inch displays in the squad compartment and the ability to select any video source at any operator station. Another updated feature is an armored closeout hatch for under-armor reloads of its 30mm and 7.62mm weapons.

In July 2020, the Stryker A1 Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) successfully conducted live-fire with its 30mm cannon. According to GDLS, the vehicle is now ready for production.

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