USA transfers Stryker to Ukraine: what are the advantages of this armored personnel carrier and what modification will the APU receive

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The United States is transferring Stryker to Ukraine: what are the advantages of this armored personnel carrier and what modification will the APU receive

The new US military aid package includes Stryker armored personnel carriers. This is a technique that is especially needed by Ukrainian soldiers on the front line.

About thisChannel 24said Mikhail Samus, deputy director of the Center for Army Research, Conversion and Disarmament. According to him, Stryker is one of the branches of development of armored vehicles.

According to a military expert, Stryker armored personnel carriers were developed in the United States after the end of the Cold War. By that time, the main function of a tracked armored personnel carrier was to deliver personnel to the line of collision.

However, American experts came to the conclusion that tracked armored personnel carriers do not always justify themselves.

“Besides, the United States realized that a classic armored personnel carrier that simply transports personnel is not always effective when there is a possibility of a collision with the enemy,” Samus said.

Advantages of Stryker armored personnel carriers

He added that at that time the Americans created the Stryker wheeled armored personnel carrier. This machine is an American version of the European MOWAG Piranha. According to a military expert, the Stryker has several important advantages.

  • The fighters, if necessary, parachute from the back of the armored personnel carrier. According to Samus, the same ideas are implemented in the Ukrainian BTR-4.
  • The hull has an increased level of protection.
  • The Stryker BTR can be equipped with different types of weapons, which performs an important function during the battle with the enemy.

Different combat modules can be installed on the Stryker armored personnel carrier

As the Deputy Director of the Center for Army Research, Conversion and Disarmament explained, thanks to different types of weapons, it is possible to increase the power of such an armored personnel carrier.

Mikhail Samus

Deputy Director of the Center for Army Research, Conversion and Disarmament

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The firepower of the Stryker armored personnel carrier can be developed to such an extent that it turns almost into a tank. You can install different artillery, guns of different power and calibers. Also, when all this is modularly installed, it is possible to change weapons.

In particular, the Stryker can be equipped with anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft missile systems.

What modifications of the Stryker can the Armed Forces of Ukraine have

According to a military expert, there are many modifications of the American Stryker armored personnel carrier. In particular, the product line includes both ambulances and command post vehicles.

“We can be provided with different versions of the Stryker. I think that this will still be the main modification – this is an armored personnel carrier, that is, a combat vehicle “, – said Samus.

He added that the Stryker is more than just an armored personnel carrier, that is, an armored vehicle transporting personnel.

Mikhail Samus

Deputy Director of the Center for Army Research, Conversion and Disarmament

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This is still a modern machine with high cross-country ability, security and significant firepower. This allows not only to deliver personnel to the line of collision, but also to support infantrymen during the battle. These characteristics make it possible to attribute this armored personnel carrier to infantry fighting vehicles.

Stryker is an armored personnel carrier that can perform the functions of an infantry fighting vehicle

As Samus explained, if you stick to the traditional classification, then there is an idea that:

  • if it is a tracked vehicle, then it is an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV);
  • if it is a wheeled vehicle, then it is an armored personnel carrier.

However, according to military expert, everything has long been mixed up.

It's just that there are different approaches to mobility in the use of a wheeled or tracked base. But in fact, the firepower and infantry support capabilities can be identical both in the BMP and in some modifications of the armored personnel carrier. And the Stryker can just perform the functions of an infantry fighting vehicle,” Samus said.

He added that such vehicles are exactly what Ukrainian soldiers on the front line especially need.

Military assistance to Ukraine: in short

  • Ukraine will receive armored vehicles from partners. The Leopard and Abrams tanks make it possible to form heavy modern mechanized formations of units that will liberate the occupied territories.
  • The Netherlands became the next ally state to declare its readiness to supply tanks. Paul Jonsson, Swedish Minister of Defense, said that Ukraine could receive Stridsvagn 122 tanks from his state.
  • Interestingly, Stridsvagn 122 is a Swedish version of the German Leopard 2A5. Various changes have been made to its classic design.

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