Army to Test Kongsberg’s New Gun on Stryker

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Early next year, Army maneuver officials at Fort Benning, Ga., will test Stryker vehicles armed with new stabilized 30mm cannons in an effort to increase the firepower of the service’s all-wheeled infantry carriers.

In February, the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence will conduct a “proof on concept” test using company’s worth of Styker Vehicles equipped with Kongsberg Protech Systems new Medium Caliber Remote Weapons Station, said Carl Sundin II, who is in charge of senior business development for Army programs at Kongsberg, at the Association of the United States Army’s 2013 Annual meeting and Exposition.

Kongsberg began working with Stryker maker General Dynamics Land Systems on the MCRWS in 2008. The company also makes the M151 RWS that’s currently on the Stryker.

Army officials at Benning’s Maneuver Center announced the service’s plan to “up-gun” Stryker vehicles in September based on lessons learned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stryker Brigade Combat Teams first saw combat in Iraq in late 2003. The highly-mobile infantry force is equipped with potent variants such as the 105mm Mobile Gun System and anti-tank guided missile.

But most Stryker vehicles are infantry carriers armed with .50 caliber machine guns or MK19 automatic grenade launchers.
The Medium Caliber Remote Weapon Station looks like a turret mounted on top of a Stryker, but Kongsberg officials maintain that a true turret would consist of a basket that extends down into the vehicle and eat up a lot of space.

“That would detract from the main mission of the Stryker — to transport a nine-man infantry squad,” Sundin said, describing how a true turret would make the Stryker “look a lot like a Bradley inside, holding four to five men tops.”

The MCRWS can also be loaded from the inside of the vehicle, but the current configuration eliminates one of the Stryker’s four top hatches.

18 Comments on "Army to Test Kongsberg’s New Gun on Stryker"

  1. why not have a few around in case the apaches cant get to it

  2. Perhaps we'll switch some Bradleys to an external turret to free up the space inside. Maybe the cav scouts will keep the full-size turret? Or a Bradley unit will be a hybrid of full-turret and remote-turreted vehicles?

    (And if we go the way of upgunning…might as well upgun the Bradley too?)

  3. Why not mount a 105MM to it. I believe in giving the Infantry a fighting chance against the enemies armor units.

  4. You know who doesn't get blown to hell and back by IEDs? Drone drivers in Las Vegas.

  5. What's wrong with having vehicles dedicated exclusively to fire support accompanying strikers and reconaissance/air support from drones overhead?

  6. A remote 30mm will make a big difference, specially if using smart/air bursting ammunition.

  7. If the Army is going to shift to Asia… they better find something that floats.

  8. I'm a little confused (imagine that)…will this turret include a gunner/TC basket like the BFV/CFV? Or is it roof-mounted with no hull penetration? Even if the latter, I wonder what the effect will be on weight/strategic deployability?

    I read somewhere that the Stryker BCTs are removing the MGS from the rifle companies and consolidating them in a single company at the brigade level…27 to 10 per BCT, if I recall correctly. 3 of these per company seems like a decent compromise.

  9. WOW!! Kinda like the LAV-25 which th eStryker is based on expensivly modified, now reversing an dgoing back to th edrawing board!! What a waste of money!!

  10. So the Army again follows the Marines lead and follow the LAV-25 to have a chain cannon attached to there vehicles.

  11. Is the BTR-82 set up similarly with a RWS or does that have a basket? I always loved the Russians willingness to put a 2A42/2A72 on anything that could mount it.

  12. Thomas L. Nielsen | October 23, 2013 at 2:14 am |

    So of course you can provide those "credible references" and "proof"?

    On the other hand, don’t bother, unless you can first explain how Carl Sundin's preferences in bedmates are relevant to….well, anything? Unless you’re cruising for a date, in which case it would be relevant, of course, although I’m given to understand that there are other websites that might be more suitable for that purpose.

    And I'm also curious to know how you become a "certified" homo? Is there an exam? And a diploma?

    Regards & all,

    Thomas L. Nielsen

  13. What is your problem?

  14. The Canadian version of a stryker has a 25mm M242 and a three man crew plus 7 dismounts. Its viscious.

  15. I could see the sense of re-turreting Marine LAV's with a similar system as this: it would create ammo commonality as the USMC steps up to the 30x173mm cartridge that is to be used in the EFV (if/when…) as well as the San Antonio amphibs (2 turrets?) and the Surface Warfare modules for the LCS.
    Same beefy 30mm family the A-10's GAU-8 uses, not to be confused with the shorter 30x113mm the Apaches use.
    When I first heard of 30mm on the Strykers, my first thought were an M230/ASP variant featuring new airburst rounds.
    Such a mount was/is mounted on the BAE Armadillo demonstrator, mounted in a Remote Weapon Station similar in size to the current Stryker CROWS…
    There again though, neither the USMC nor USN utilize the 30x113mm ammo on anything, even though the continued impressive results Army Apaches achieve with 30mm rounds leaves me wondering why the USMC still sticks to the 20mm in AH-1 Cobras.

  16. It looks like same system the Marines were going mount on there new AMTRACs. .You can never have enough firepower.

  17. The Army really needs to make this happen.

  18. Why not adapt the Apaches chain gun system to the Stryker . Its combat proven and can a lot of off the shelf parts.

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