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VIDEO: Army Stryker gets 30-mm cannon in remote-controlled turret

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The general idea behind an armored personnel carrier like the IAV Stryker is simple – they scout ahead of a larger force and occasionally deal with soft infantry targets. Neither mission requires much firepower. But with Russia acting increasingly belligerent, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn said the service “identified a capability gap that threatened our forces in theater.” And that’s why we’re seeing a Stryker with a hearty 30-millimeter cannon on the top.

“The Russians, it turns out, had upgraded and fielded significant capabilities while we were engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Gen. Allyn said, referring to the Russian BMP-2 and BMP-3 tracked fighting vehicle. The Stryker’s two rivals started carrying 30-mm cannons – and in the BMP-3’s case, a 100-mm launcher – while the American vehicle was stuck with an unarmored turret and a .50-caliber machine gun. Army leaders called that firepower differential an “unacceptable risk.” – READ MORE

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