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M1130 Stryker Commander's Vehicle

MEDICS are driving a bigger, faster vehicle. Engineers are able to shoot mine-clearing line charges to detonate mine fields. And the infantry can fit 11 soldiers into a vehicle that travels 60 mph. So it's no wonder the command vehicle for the SBCT provides capabilities never before available in the Army.

The Commander's Vehicle is a nice asset. It bridges the gap between heavy mech-anized forces and the light infantry. The commander's vehicle can track just about anything on the battlefield with its video display terminal. Red icons appear on the screen when the enemy is nearby, and an automated voice also alerts the commander of danger. Blue icons depict friendly forces, which the operations officer can see. The commander can identify the units by clicking on their icons with a hand-held pointer. The command variant of the Stryker allows the commander to control events away from the tactical operations center.

While the CV can carry 36,133 pounds of equipment, it's not reduced to a snail's pace during battle. In tests, it traveled 150 feet in 9 seconds, and can reach speeds up to 60 mph. It's quick, agile and quiet. It operates even better on urban terrain and can go places a tank can't. Compared to older vehicles, this vehicle can cross mountainous terrain very easily. In addition, a .50-caliber machine gun is mounted on the CV's top, and a grenade launcher can be added as well.



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