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M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle

The ICV provides protected transport for an infantry squad and direct fire support during the dismounted assault. The ICV carries a 9-man squad and retains the capability to provide effective supporting fire to the squad while it is dismounted.

The primary design of the IAV has two variants: The Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) and the Mobile Gun System (MGS). The ICV troop transport vehicle is capable of carrying 9 infantry soldiers and their equipment. It requires a crew of two; a driver and a vehicle commander. There are eight other configurations of the ICV that have combat service and combat support roles. Those configurations include a Commander's Vehicle (CV), Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV), Fire Support Vehicle (FSV), Mortar Carrier (MC), Anti-Tank Guided Missile vehicle (ATGM), Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV), Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV), and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBC RV).

The infantry rifle platoon is equipped with four ICVs that provide rapid, protected tactical and operational mobility of infantry squads to critical locations on the battlefield. The ICV is a fully mobile system capable of operating in conjunction with infantry and other elements of the combined-arms team. Each ICV has a crew of two (VC and driver) that operates the vehicle. These mounted crews provide critical support to the platoon by operating and maintaining the ICVs and properly employing them on the battlefield to ensure protected delivery of the infantry squads to their dismount point. Once the infantry squads have dismounted the ICVs, the vehicle crew may employ local defensive armament to defeat "thin-skinned" enemy vehicles (trucks or lightly armored vehicles) or dismounted infantry.

The ICV's local defensive armament is capable of defeating "thin-skinned" enemy vehicles (trucks or lightly armored vehicles) and dismounted infantry. ICV crews may employ these weapons to augment the base of fire provided by the platoon's weapons squad. These augmenting direct fires can ensure the infantry squad's freedom of maneuver to close with and destroy the enemy. These fires can also provide accurate suppressive fires on enemy personnel, bunkers, or emplacements and destroy enemy infantry in daylight, at night, or during conditions of limited visibility (smoke, haze, and fog).

The platoon's ICVs and infantry soldiers provide mutual protection for each other while performing their assigned missions. Infantry soldiers provide security for the vehicles while halted, and the ICVs provide rapid, protected battlefield mobility and an augmenting base of fire capability for the dismounted infantry assault.

While the platoon remains mounted, the platoon leader controls the movement of the platoon's ICVs. When the platoon leader dismounts to conduct the assault or other dismounted infantry operations with the infantry squads, the platoon sergeant normally assumes control of the mounted element of the platoon. He maneuvers them in support of the infantry squads and as directed by the platoon leader. For example, if the direct fires of the ICVs are needed to facilitate the maneuver of the squads, the platoon leader may decide to have the platoon sergeant direct the fires of the mounted element to facilitate the platoon's maneuver. The platoon sergeant also can dismount with the rest of the platoon, if required.

The platoon fights as a team. It must be prepared to maneuver in restricted terrain supported by the weapons squad and, when possible, the ICVs and MGS. When the platoon conducts dismounted operations, it has three 9-man rifle squads and a 7-man weapons squad. The key advantage here is that, with the added support of the weapons squad, the infantry no longer has to stay within range of ICV direct fire support. In this case, the ICVs could overwatch, block another avenue of approach, isolate the objective, or conduct other missions.

The different configurations of the Infantry Carrier Vehicle will include:

  • Mortar Carrier
  • Anti-tank Guided Missile Vehicle
  • Reconnaissance Vehicle
  • Fire Support Vehicle
  • Engineer Support Vehicle
  • Commander's Vehicle
  • Medical Evacuation Vehicle
  • NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle

The NBC Recon and Fire Support vehicles are still in the development stages, and so is the Mobile Gun System. But before the Mobile Gun System is fielded, units will get the Anti-tank Guided Missile Vehicle which will have a TOW system capable of blasting through reinforced concrete bunkers.

  • Carries 9-man infantry squad and crew of 2
  • Kongsberg remote weapon station with M2 .50 cal MG or MK19 40mm
  • Javelin missiles
  • High hard steel structure
  • MEXAS ceramic layer
  • Spall liner
  • IBD passive RPG add-on
  • Exceptional tactical mobility for full spectrum operations
  • Air transportable in combat ready configuration
  • High baseline vehicle commonality with other variants
  • 14.5 mm integral armor protection (optional RPG-7 armor protection)
  • Battlefield survivability to carry out combat missions
  • Supportability and affordability
    Length 275 inches
    Width 107 inches
    Height 104 inches
    Combat Weight GVW 38,000 lbs.
    Maximum speed 60 mph
    Maximum range (40mph) 330 miles
    Slope performance: Frontal: 60%
    Slope performance: Side: 30%
    Vertical climb 23 inches
    Gap 78 inches
    POWER TRAIN & SUSPENSION Engine 350 hp
    Transmission 6 speeds forward 1 Reverse
    Transfer case 2 speed
    Differentials 4 automotive
    Suspension 8 wheel hydropneumatic independent with Height Management System
    Driven wheels 4wd full time 8wd selectable
    Tires Central Tire Inflation
    System with runflats
    Brakes Power brakes with ABS on rear three axles
  • C-130
  • C-5A
  • C-17
  • FIRE SUPPRESSION 1 shot FM200 for troop compartment
    2 shot FE25 for engine compartment
    Automatically activated
    PERSONNEL 11 total
    1 driver
    1 vehicle commander
    9 troops
    ARMAMENT Remote weapon station (RWS) with a universal soft mount cradle capable of mounting:
  • MK19 40mm grenade launcher
  • M2 .50 cal machine gun
  • MK240 7.62mm machine gun (with adapter)
  • (4) M6 Smoke grenade launchers

    Stowed Ammunition
  • (32) 66mm smoke grenades
  • (3200) 7.62mm rounds
  • (2000) .50 cal rounds OR
  • (430) MK19 rounds

    For Troops:
  • (2240) 5.56mm ball
  • (1120) 5.56mm linked
  • CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM (2) roof vent fans
    (1) crew/engine heater
    . (1) driver heat exchanger
    . (2) crew heat exchangers
    (1) blowers (A/C ready)
    VISION Driver
    (3) M-17 periscopes
    (1) Driver's Vision Enhancer

    Vehicle Commander
    (7) M45 periscopes

    RWS mounted vision devices
    Thermal imager
    Video camera
  • Hydraulic self recovery winch
  • NBC detectors and ventilated face mask system
  • SINCGARS radios
  • Squad leaders video display terminal
  • FBCB2 Computer (Commander)

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