by Kris Osborn, President, Center for Military Modernization
(Washington DC) Deliver armed soldiers into hostile enemy fire with enhanced battlefield awareness, conduct silent reconnaissance without generating an acoustic or thermal signature, or fire aerial shells from a 30mm cannon with a Long-range precision targeting are all expanded missions being considered for Emergence. StrykerX infantry carrier.
The army’s well-known Stryker vehicle manufacturer has unveiled a new high-tech StrykerX demonstration vehicle engineered with a series of cutting-edge new innovations designed to launch attack drones, fire lasers, conduct EW operations and reach paradigm-changing amounts of time -term “silent standby” with a hybrid-electric motor.
“It’s our attempt to integrate new technologies into the fleet. You know the Strykers are out there in great numbers. We produce the DVH (Stryker Double V-Hull) model today, so that would be something new for the military. If they could choose to go, because it’s a hybrid electric motor. Unlike the tank, the vehicle is driven solely by electric power, the diesel engine is only there to generate electricity in the engine, which then drives all the axles. You get good silent travel capability, not just a few minutes, but a good amount of time,” Tim Reece, US Business Development Manager, General Dynamics Land Systems, told Warrior in an interview.
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Given the number of variants of the Stryker vehicle, such as a reconnaissance vehicle, an infantry carrier, and a medical evacuation platform, an ability to implement a “silent watch” capability would introduce a wide range of significant tactical advantages.
“There’s more than a day of silent standby capability without having to turn on your engine. You can also reconfigure the crew a bit, instead of having a driver up front in what all soldiers call hell. The pilot and commander now sit side-by-side in a cockpit that looks more like a helicopter or jet, sharing a series of screens in front of them so they can work better together,” Keith Barclay, director of strategy and growth, General Dynamics Land Systems, Warrior said in an interview.
The StrykerX also includes more space in the rear for an infantry squad and the ability to connect the crew to all sensors.
“The soldiers have this transparent armor effect that you read about all the time, and much better situational awareness when they bounce off the back of that vehicle towards their objective,” Barclay said.
Above all, the StrykerX uses advanced AI-enabled in-vehicle computing, a common IP protocol, and open technical standards to support continued long-term innovation as the vehicle evolves into the future. Such a modular open systems approach will allow the vehicle to add new sensors, weapons, command and control equipment and computing.
“As soon as we choose a battery or a battery supplier, you know, eight months, 10 months, a year later, there is a new generation of battery with greater density or greater transit rate, power “, said Reece.
The StrykerX vehicle will also significantly expand, improve, and upgrade many of the vehicle’s more advanced technologies, such as its laser weapons, short-range Stinger and Hellfire missiles, 30mm cannon, and ability to launch highly lethal “fighters.” . killer surveillance and attack drones.
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GDLS has extensive experience launching attack drones from the Stryker and now arms the StrykerX with two main launchers to fire Switchblade 300 mini explosive drones.
Previously, GDLS tested an integrated sensor drone system mounted on the vehicle itself. A small vertical take-off surveillance drone, called Shrike 2, launches from the vehicle’s turret to detect, find and track enemy targets. Then, using a standard video data link, it can work in tandem with an attack missile to destroy any targets it finds. The technology is intended to speed up the sensor-shooter loop and function as its own “hunter-killer” system. By firing a 5kW laser, a Stryker vehicle destroyed an enemy drone target in earlier tests, building confidence that combat vehicle-fired laser weapons could become operational in years to come. . These Hunter-Killer Drones will now be reinforced with Switchblade 300 mini explosive attack drones on the StrykerX.
The StrykerX demonstrator is also armed with an upgradeable 30mm cannon, which can use a proximity fuse and fire high-explosive shells, armor-piercing shells, and bursting shells. Additionally, while the .50-Cal is often used as a suppressive fire “area” weapon designed to restrict the enemy’s freedom of movement and allow troops to maneuver, the 30mm cannon brings a level of precision firing range to the Stryker Infantry Carrier which currently does not. to exist.
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Dismounted infantry units are often part of the first “spearhead” combat forces that sometimes move into areas less accessible by heavy armored platforms such as an Abrams tank or Bradley fighting vehicle . Certain terrain, bridges, or postures of enemy forces can also make it difficult for heavier armored vehicles to maneuver during an attack. Common interfaces and interoperable technical standards can also allow Stryker developers to add new or improved weapon configurations to the platform, such as new or improved anti-aircraft missiles currently in use in the air defense program. at close range. SHORAD, as it is known, currently fires Stinger and Hellfire missiles against medium to lower level aerial threats from the Stryker vehicle, introducing an ability to track and destroy enemy drones, helicopters and even some flying fixed-wing aircraft at low altitude.
Building on what is called SHORAD Increment 1, which arms Strykers with an array of anti-aircraft explosive weapons, the Army is making rapid progress with Increment 2 of its M-SHORAD program, an ongoing initiative to arm the Strykers with 50kW laser weapons. This not only introduces new perspectives of precision attack against enemy drones, but also introduces an ability to attack and defend at lightning speed. Lasers, if properly and fully integrated with the required mobile power supply, are inherently scalable, meaning they can be adjusted to incinerate and completely destroy enemy targets or simply disable functionality. The Army has worked with multiple vendors to refine and strengthen its Stryker firing laser and expects it to be operational within the next few years.
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GDLS weapons developers claim that Stryker lasers use Ku-band tracking radar to autonomously acquire targets in the event that other vehicle sensors are disabled in combat. With additional computing power, onboard mobile power, and improved command and control systems, the StrykerX will likely be able to add much more powerful lasers to the platform as the technology matures. Lasers can also enable silent defense and attack, which provides a substantial tactical advantage as it can allow Stryker vehicles to conduct combat missions without revealing their position. StrykerX developers will also add an electronic warfare jamming system to suppress the signal of enemy drones.
Kris Osborn is the president of Warrior Maven – Center for Military Modernization and the defense publisher for the national interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a highly trained expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn also worked as an on-air military anchor and specialist on national television networks. He has appeared as a guest military pundit on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also holds an MA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.