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Made in London military armour is getting a lot more firepower. army, are being equipped with a 30 millimetre cannon and anti tank missiles as the army beefs up its ground forces in Europe.
Called in military parlance, the changes aim to boost the vehicles as they face a growing role in Europe, said Col. Glenn Dean, project manager for the Stryker combat team. armoured forces remaining in Europe, Dean said by email, adding the new Strykers will be know as 2nd Calvary Regiment and its 81 Strykers will offer direct fire support to infantry, he added.
The new 30 mm cannon can be fired from within the vehicle using a remote weapons station and will first deploy with the European based 2nd Cavalry on Stryker infantry carrier vehicles.
From the time the program, known as the Stryker lethality program, was funded to first prototype delivery was only 15 months, Dean said.
only does this provide improved firepower, it also enhances vehicle survivability by providing standoff against potential threat weapons, he said.
The 30 mm cannon can be used to counter unmanned military drones, a growing threat in battle. It will feature technology, meaning its rounds can detonate near a target and cause damage.
new weapons are designed to support infantry units on the move in major combat,
assist ground formations in armoured warfare, identify and destroy ground and air threats from greater standoff ranges and better enable the army to succeed, said an article on Scout Warrior, a military news website. for final assembly of several variants, from troop carriers and ambulances to mobile gun systems.
The program will see some work land in London, with suspensions for the armour being done here. army program, said Doug Wilson Hodge, spokesperson for GDLS Canada on Oxford Street.
As for where other work will be done, the Dragoon infantry carrier vehicle is assembled by General Dynamics Land Systems in Anniston, Ala., with the turret supplied by Kongsberg Defence in Johnstown, Pa. Work on other variants will be done at GDLS plants in Mesa, Ariz., and Lima, Ohio.