What is Stryker armoured infantry combat vehicles (ICVs)?

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Overview:

India and the United States are in advanced talks for the joint manufacture of the latest generation of Stryker armoured infantry combat vehicles (ICVs).

About Stryker armoured infantry combat vehicles (ICVs):

  • The Stryker is a family of eight-wheel-drive combat armoured infantry combat vehicles (ICVs).
  • It is jointly developed by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) Canada and the General Dynamics Land Systems Division in the United States.
  • It was the first new military vehicle inducted into US Army service since the Abrams tank in the 1980s.
  • The Stryker can formulate a quick response to insurgencies or war-like situations, moving much faster than tanks on paved roads, thereby getting infantry squads into the fight more swiftly.
  • The Stryker vehicles have demonstrated a better chance of surviving against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) compared to other light military vehicles.
  • The Strykers can be transported via Chinook helicopters, which the Indian Air Force uses. 
  • Features:
    • It is a V-hull armoured infantry vehicle equipped with a 30 mm cannon and a 105 mm mobile gun.
    • The Stryker hull is constructed from high-hardness steel.
    • On top of this, the Stryker has a layer of ceramic tile armor, offering additional protection.
    • It is manned by a two-person crew and can carry a nine-man infantry squad.
    • It has a range of 483 kilometers and can reach a top speed of around 100 km/h.

Q1: What are improvised explosive devices (IEDs)?

An IED is a type of unconventional explosive weapon that can take any form and be activated in a variety of ways. IEDs are used by criminals, vandals, terrorists, suicide bombers, and insurgents. Because they are improvised, IEDs can come in many forms, ranging from a small pipe bomb to a sophisticated device capable of causing massive damage and loss of life. The extent of damage caused by an IED depends on its size, construction, and placement, and whether it incorporates a high explosive or propellant. The term IED came into common usage during the Iraq War that began in 2003.

Source: India-US advance talks on joint production of Stryker armoured combat vehicles