Machine Design

Stryker gets beefed-up cannon

The US Army is boosting the firepower of its new armored vehicle, Stryker, by adding a 105-mm cannon.

Firing control of the U.S. Army Stryker's 105-mm cannon will be handled by Aitech's computer subsystem.

The gun mounts in a low-profile turret integrated into the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) chassis.

Aitech Defense Systems Inc., Chatsworth, Calif., received the contract for the Army's Mobile Gun System (MGS), part of the Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV) program for the new light combat brigades. The contract, totaling over $1 million, from General Dynamics Canada (GDC), Ottawa, Canada, covers preproduction units of the computer subsystem for the advanced MGS. Tomorrow's battlefields will require high fire rates for the 105-mm cannon.

In 2000, General Dynamics Land Systems received a six-year, $4 billion contract to equip the brigade combat teams with over 2,000 armored wheeled vehicles. The result, the Stryker, is at the heart of the US Army's efforts to transform itself into a more agile, deployable force. The vehicles will form the basis of six brigade combat teams by 2008. The current upgrade program will equip more than 200 Stryker Mobile Gun Systems with the advanced subsystem.

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