Striker ICV wants hard-kill APS for long-range threats

US Army put 50 kW laser on Stryker IAV and

Washington – Striker ICV needs a hard-kill APS [Active Protection System] To defeat threats from long distances, it is not because it is now closer to the time that soldiers are around the vehicle and are highly vulnerable to attack. Such an opinion has been expressed by Colonel William Venable, project manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team within the Army’s Program Executive Office of Ground Combat Systems.

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According to Venable, the war in Ukraine has shown “This lack.” In fact, this shortcoming was not unknown to the US military, but it has slowed over time, making Stryker ICVs less effective in today’s military environment. American Abrams tanks have already begun to receive modernized APS, as well as the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.

BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that the US military already has three rejected APS decisions for the Stryker ICV. These are Hernden’s Iron Curtain, Rheinmetall’s APS and Raphael’s VPS. According to Defense News, all three solutions, “Attack threats too close to the vehicle, leaving the descending soldiers moving around vulnerable.”

Experts in the US emphasize that the APS solution for the Stryker ICV must respond to key unknowns, such as: how useful the APS system is for soldiers who have already exited vehicles and their perimeter, or vehicles What are the residual effects of APS on And how does APS interact with it.

These can delay the re-installation of hard-kill APS on an unknown striker. This means new tests and most likely an additional period of time to fix problems found during the tests. Of course, there’s good news – the Pentagon has already begun an order to develop and supply a laser warning system to be installed on the Stryker ICV. This laser system can be said to be on the last straight, as Lockheed Martin has been working on it since early 2021.

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The other good news is that there is a time frame and a plan – Striker ICV should achieve its hard-kill APS in FY 2024. Colonel William Venable says that the United States actually has APS solutions on the Stryker, but whether a quick fix will meet the minimum required characteristics. As Venable philosophically remarked, “If we have to go faster, I don’t know that we need to solve those problems to go faster.”

In any case, the Pentagon will have to take the time to solve the task that eliminates the problems described. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that the integration of APS on Abrams tanks in Europe took two years.

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