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  • M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) / Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)

    The Stryker wheeled vehicle forms the basis for an entire line of mission-specific armored combat elements for the American military.

     Updated: 6/16/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The M1126 Stryker is another 8x8 wheeled armored machine in the long line of Stryker vehicles. The primary operational role of the M1126 is as an armed armored personnel carrier that is able to ferry infantrymen and supplies to the front while providing a respectable level of firepower during the disembarking process. The weapons of the M1126 can be made specific to suit the role of the operator and a particular mission. The Stryker essentially shares the same basic chassis as the LAV family of "Generation III" wheeled vehicles.

    Design of the Stryker is characterized its eight large road wheels, fitted four to a side. The on-the-fly adjustable suspension system allows for 8x8 wheeled (full-time 4x4, selective 8x8) operation allowing the Stryker to operate effectively on both paved or unpaved road as needed. Armored surfaces are sharply angled at the front for increased protection to the crew and important internal systems alike while slab armor greets the side views. The Stryker features a broad glacis plate consistent with the Stryker family line of 8-wheeled vehicles. Seating is for two primary operators (driver and gunner) along with a litter of 9 combat-ready infantrymen and their applicable equipment. Infantry exit the vehicle through a large ramp at the rear of the hull. Multiple hatches atop the hull allow for crewmembers to achieve a stance position from within the Stryker body, though at the risk of exposing themselves to enemy fire. Hatch positions are located for the Squad Leader and VC along with two rear-guard positions as well as a power access hatch on the left hull side just rear of the drivers position and an additional escape hatch for passengers rear of that. The driver is afforded a dedicated hatch complete with vision blocks at the front left of the vehicle. The surface area of the Stryker upper hull is suitable for carrying various battlefield odds and ends.

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    M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 2002
    Type: Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) / Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): General Dynamics Land Systems - USA
    Production: 6,000

    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 22.80 feet (6.95 meters)
    Width: 8.92 feet (2.72 meters)
    Height: 8.66 feet (2.64 meters)

    Operating Weight: 18 tons (16,438 kg; 36,240 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: Yes
    Nightvision Equipment: Yes

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x diesel engine developing 350 horsepower.

    Maximum Road Speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 311 miles (500 km)

    Armament and Ammunition

    Primary armament fitted into M151 PROTECTOR Remote Weapon Station. Primary armament can include:

    1 x 12.7mm M2 air-cooled heavy machine gun
    1 x MK 19 40mm automatic grenade launcher
    4 x M6 smoke grenade dishargers

    Secondary armament consists of:

    1 x 12.7mm M2 air-cooled heavy machine gun
    1 x 7.62mm M240 general purpose machine gun

    Dragoon Variant:
    1 x 30mm autocannon
    1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun
    1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun

    Dependent on armament configuration.

    Global Operators / Customers

    United States; Iraq

    Model Variants

    M1126 ICV - Infantry Carrier Vehicle

    M1127 RV - Reconnaissance Vehicle

    M1128 MGS - Mobile Gun System

    M1129 MC - Mortar Carrier Vehicle

    M1130 CV - Command Vehicle

    M1131 FSV - Fire Support Vehicle

    M1132 ESV - Engineer Support Vehicle

    M1133 MEV - Medical Evacuation Vehicle

    M1134 ATGM - Anti-tank Missile System (TOW missile).

    M1135 NBC RV - Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle.

    XM1296 "Dragoon" - Upgunned variant fitting turreted 30mm autocannon; first prototype in November 2016.