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Tuesday June 21, 2005

The Stryker is known as "Ghost Rider" by enemy combatants because of its stealth and ability to maneuver and strike.

Survivability
Over 1200 Strykers have been exposed to more than 740 hostile attacks. Among those 1200 Strykers, only 39 required a replacement vehicle. 25 of the 39 were assessed repairable and 14 were classified as battlefield lost. The survivability of the Stryker against IEDs and VBIEDs is superb.

Armor
All Strykers in Iraq have slat armor. Slat armor has proven to be very effective against the RPG variants in Iraq. There has only been two known instances where slat armor did not defeat the full effects of the RPG. With the addition of slat armor, the Stryker has full 14.5mm armor piercing protection and is a very well protected vehicle.

Situational Awareness
The Stryker Brigade Combat Team is designed and optimized for employment in small scale contingencies and the vehicle has superior situational awareness and focuses fires on both conventional and asymmetric threats.

Lethality
Weapons systems carried on board the Stryker such as the 50 caliber machine gun and the Mark 19 grenade launcher are ideal for complex urban terrain.

Maintenance
The Stryker fleet has logged over 4.9 million miles, over five time the projected annual usage and has achieved a readiness rate of 96 percent - exceeding the Army standard.

More Stryker Information Sources
Click here to watch a video about the Stryker, which features Soldiers in Iraq talking about the benefits of the vehicle.

Read more about the Stryker at the Army's Fact File Web site.

Source: Army Public Affairs

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Events

June 21, 2005

Tonight, PBS will air "Private Warriors" in FRONTLINE at 9 p.m. EDT.

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The most survivable vehicle in Iraq today is the Stryker.
We are absolutely not only impressed with Stryker, but amazed in the learning (of what it can do).

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the Army

The real news is that the Stryker performed exactly as we believed it would...With the work we have to do here, it's superior to a tracked vehicle.

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

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