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US Army Second Cavalry is Upgrading the M1126 Stryker’s Weapon System

The US Army’s Second Cavalry Regiment is likely to be on the front line of any western response to more Russian expansion in Ukraine. With that in mind, last week the regiment requested that its armored vehicle fleet be upgunned to cope with the likely threat. 2nd Cav is a Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the core of its combat power is the M1126 Stryker Infantry Combat Vehicle. The Canadian-built Stryker has been reasonably successful in lower-intensity conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan, but it has some limits. It’s modern and very well equipped, especially in communications and electronics, but the M1126 is lightly armed. Its standard armament fit is a remote weapon station with either a 40mm grenade machinegun or the venerable .50 Browning HMG. That’s ideal for counterinsurgency but totally inadequate against a mechanized enemy force.

M1126 Stryker WeaponsThe solution Second Cav is asking for is for 81 of their ICVs to be upgunned with a 30mm cannon. This can be integrated into the existing weapon station and fires the same ammunition as the chain gun on the AH64; it’s highly effective against light to medium armored vehicles like the Russian BTR and BMP. In any direct confrontation between US and Russian forces these infantry vehicles would be a major part of the hostile force, and they’re pretty much immune to heavy machine gun fire. They’re not immune to a 30mm round though – nowhere near – so this upgrade would seriously enhance the combat power of the regiment.

Is it enough though? After all BTRs and BMPs don’t operate on their own; according to standard Russian doctrine they work closely with tanks. The separatists in eastern Ukraine are armed with a mix of older Soviet-era tanks, mostly T-72Bs and probably some T-64s. Regular Russian units in the region have the T-72B(M) and T-90A. Any of these tanks will shrug off 30mm fire all day, and all except the T-64 are virtually impregnable to 105mm sabot rounds as well – and that’s the heaviest direct fire weapon available to the Cav. The regiment has 27 Armored Gun Systems – a Stryker hull with a 105mm main gun in a remote-controlled mount (although the Army is cutting the number of systems to 10). Unfortunately while the AGS can take out a T-55 at a reasonable range it’s no more heavily armored than the standard Stryker, so its chances in a stand-up fight with any tank are pretty slim. A sabot round might kill a T-72B at 1,000 yards (it has no chance against the frontal armor of a T-72B(M) or T-90) but the T-72’s 125mm can destroy a Stryker from twice that range.

So while upgrading the Cav’s Strykers with a heavier gun is a good move, and one that’s probably long overdue, it’s not enough to let them stand against a determined Russian move. Russian ground based air defense is probably the best in the world and there’s no guarantee of NATO air superiority over the battlefield. A Russian tank brigade is a compact and powerful formation with a lot of very heavily protected firepower, and it can move fast. To slow it down and stop it needs heavy metal. By all means give the Strykers their cannons, but give them tank support too.

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Fergus Mason

Fergus Mason grew up in the west of Scotland. After attending university he spent 14 years in the British Army and served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq. Afterwards, he went to Afghanistan as a contractor, where he worked in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Camp Leatherneck. He now writes on a variety of topics including current affairs and military matters.
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25 thoughts on “US Army Second Cavalry is Upgrading the M1126 Stryker’s Weapon System

  1. I thought strykers were equipped with the ITAS TOW missile systems (or is it only specific models)? Those have a range up to 4500m, so I don’t see what the issue is personally. The combination of a 30mm canon and the TOW seems like a pretty deadly duo.

    1. There’s a TOW variant but the standard infantry carrier doesn’t have it. Even with TOW I wouldn’t want to be in a Stryker going up against a tank. Light ATGW-armed vehicles are a complement to tanks, but not a replacement for them.

  2. Sounds like a combined armor/infantry unit(s) would be a better fit. M1A1,Bradley AFV, and Stryker units along with aviation assets would do the job. Have on-call A-10 and other fast movers. If we are going to help,let’s not do it on the cheap.

    1. Anything less than a full combined arms force wouldn’t even be a speedbump if the Russians decided to roll over it. One of the real lessons to come out of Ukraine is the effectiveness of Russian artillery. I’ll be writing about that soon.

      1. Did you guys know I used to fight against invaders from Central-Asia, nasty pukes, Turcic-Mongols, Tartars, that kind of crap, some now known as Georgians, Chechnyans, etc., all with more than a little bit of Genghis Kahn types raped into them over centuries of invasions and white-girl sex slavery in SE Europe by Central Asians?

        Do you guys know where Europe is? White Russia, or European Russia, is not the USSR.

        Guys with names like Vladimir have been protecting Europe from Turks, Tartars, and Mongols, with names like Mustaffa, for 1000 years.

        You might wanna see who it is in Ukraine that is messing with blonde hair, blue eyed Russians – hint, they got names like Mustaffa. You might wanna go learn who the F your enemy really is – for a change. Not kidding – you should go learn something.

          1. Not sure what those pictures mean for certain – other than a European-ish house/chalet/pub – I cannot read the writing. To clarify my inference – it is called European Russia, and the Vikings who developed it into the ‘modern’ and ‘western’ nation of Russia were Europeans, as opposed to the mixed race of invading Central-Asians called Tartars still floating around Eastern Europe, including Crimea and other parts of Ukraine. So, who is Putin and other blonde-haired Russians, and who are the Ukrainians opposing Russia – one of them ‘Ukrainians’ is named Mustafa, which is NOT a European name, and he IS a Crimean Tartar, so, maybe a little history lesson would help these ignorant Americans – before they get paraded on the wrong side in ww3 – just as stupidly as they did in ww2.

  3. That’s the head of the Nail.. IFV’s are not Tanks and should not be treated as such. Up gunned IFV’s, by all means… more support for deployed Infantry. Want to kill tanks…get another tank.
    To often the CEO’s running the military keep trying to blur that line.

    1. The military industrial complex used to be a necessary evil, now its grown into a monster that places profits in front of national security and the safety of our Soldiers. I fear for the future I will inherit 🙁

  4. Dude, it was never a necessary evil, not for Nam, not for Korea, not for ww2 either. Be that as it may or may not be, the reason it is now pure evil is that you gave the USA to the International Jew – their peasants now work in Asia – their military now comes from the USA (for now). When they grow tired of the USA, and that’s very soon, they’ll put China in the top spot. There is nothing to fear, but fear itself. Now, go kill all the people on this planet F-ing up the USA, and, they are NOT in China or Russia or Persia, they are here, within the USA, and a few other isolated capitals around the world, or, are you afraid to do what you must??

    Miller Beer, Budweiser, Subway, and an IUD maker – all have commercials with black man and white woman – and you worry about Putin? Wake the F up spudz, wake the F up !!! Everything coming out of Jewlywood – making the white man look lame and weak and stupid while the Jews and Blacks are shown as superior both in intellect and physical ability – and even morality. Everything out of Jew York is a conspiracy to put you further into debt – force you into their military – and leave you destitute or working in the MIC factories upon your return from service – wake the F up already !!!

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