PhotogaleriesM-1126 STRYKER gallery 2019-02-082020-09-25 Javier Despite having come surrounded by controversy, due to its high cost and low efficiency, the Stryker has managed to become a vehicle appreciated by its crews and has finally proved a suitable medium for the Rapid Deployment Brigades in which it serves, with more of 4,000 vehicles incorporated into the US Army. Stryker is a derivative from the Canadian LAV III vehicle, which in turn is from the Swiss MOWAG Piranha III, though the American variant carries modern electronic control and targeting systems. The vehicle’s commander has a day-night thermal imaging camera with which he can observe up to 2 km away. The standard armament consists of the Protector M151 Remote Weapon Station, armed with a 7.62 or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm Mk.19 automatic grenade launcher. The Stryker‘s protection allows it to withstand 7.62mm fire on the entire vehicle and 14.5mm on the frontal arc. It is possible to install ceramic armour plates and thus the vehicle is entirely protected against 14.5mm rounds. The so-called “slat-armor” has also been installed, being especially effective against the widely used RPG rockets. Stryker was delivered for service with the 350hp Caterpillar 3126 diesel engine, but it soon became apparent that the engine ran short of power in certain tactical situations. In addition, having to incorporate the slat-armor, added more problems to this situation, which has finally been solved with the installation of the new 450hp Caterpillar C7 diesel engine. At the beginning, the Stryker was deployable by the C-130 Hercules, but lost this capacity with the reinforcement of its protection and the consequent weight gain. Neither is transportable by any helicopter in service although the MGS variant is being tested to be able to be launched from aircrafts with enough success, but actually that type of deployment is not authorized by the US Army. Around 300 Strykers were quickly deployed on Irak in 2003 with different luck. Nonetheless, after the firsts stages and a number of improvements, these vehicles have earned the respect of their crews and have been resistant to both explosions of IEDs and suicide attacks with car bombs. In addition to Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have been other areas in which the Stryker has been deployed. In 2009 they were sent to Afghanistan as part of the “War on Terror” and since 2014 they have participated in the war against ISIS in Syria. This is the M-1135 Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBC RV) variant, and has detectors that analyze meteorological and navigation data and warns the units that follows if it finds contaminated environments. The Stryker has demonstrated its ability to be deployed in remote areas in less than 4 days, increasing the combat power of the American Rapid Deployment units. The Stryker is destined to perform missions in urban areas or reconnaissance tasks, and not so much to support first-line combats against armored forces. However, the Stryker has shown in maneuvers to be able to contain armoured units if its infantry is equipped with a sufficient number of anti-tank weapons. This is the Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) experimental variant that is remotely controlled and especially useful for reconnaissance missions in hazardous or contaminated environments.