M1134 Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)
The family of Strykers will be the primary weapons systems for the BCT, and will consist of two variants-an infantry carrier vehicle and the mobile gun system. There will be eight additional configurations of the infantry carrier vehicle: a mortar carrier; reconnaissance vehicle; antitank guided missile (ATGM) vehicle; fire support vehicle; engineer squad vehicle; command vehicle; medical evacuation vehicle; and an NBC reconnaissance vehicle.
The STRYKER will employ existing non-developmental items with common subsystems and components to enhance rapid development and fielding. Integration of existing Government Furnished Material (GFE) subsystems, such as Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) and the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS) is expected as appropriate. C-130 deployable and combat capable upon arrival in a contingency area, the STRYKER provides integral protection levels against up to 14.5-mm armor-piercing (AP) rounds. It is optimized for close, complex, or urbanized terrain, and is highly agile and maneuverable. The STRYKER is self-deployable, requiring no equipment transporters once on the ground, and is capable of like-vehicle recovery, obviating the need for recovery vehicles. The contract for STRYKER production was awarded in January 2001.
Until the MGS fielding, however, tactical missions will be met with Stryker anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) vehicles. The ATGM mission is to provide a tank- (or equivalent vehicle) killing capability. The in-lieu-of ATGMs, used by the first and second brigade combat teams until the fielding of the MGS, will fire a TOW bunker-buster missile to meet the MGS capability. The current TOW missiles do not provide that capability.
The General Dynamics Land Systems remote Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) system for tracked and wheeled infantry fighting vehicles evolved from the Elevated TOW system (ETS). The ATGM weapon system gives TOW missile capability to today's infantry fighting vehicles. The ATGM weapon system has a 2-tube launcher and elevated mast extending 0.5 meters above the chassis. The crew of three is under armor at all times. The ATGM provides maximum crew protection when operated stealthily using terrain and other structures to provide masking and protection. The ATGM weapon system, through the employment of current sighting technologies, enables the use of the family of all TOW missile types. The ATGM weapon system is employed in the US Army Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) ATGM vehicle.
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