General

The Infantry Carrier Vehicle provides protected transport and, during dismounted assault, supporting fire for the . The is a full-time , selectively eight-wheel drive, weighing approximately 19t which carries an infantry squad with their equipment. On paved roads the vehicle can attain speeds of 62 mph without a governor and 37 mph with a governor.

The basic carrier vehicle (ICV) provides armored protection for the two-man crew and a squad of nine soldiers.

Digital communications system

The vehicle's commander has an FBCB2 (Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below) digital communications system that allows communication between vehicles through text messaging and a map network, as well as with the battalion. The map shows the position of all vehicles on the battlefield and the commander can mark the position of enemy forces on the map, which can then be seen by other commanders.

Armament

The M1126 ICV has a with a universal soft mount cradle, which can mount either a , a or a . It is also armed with four M6 launchers.

Army officials plan to up-gun Stryker ICVs with a 30 mm cannon in a ' Medium Caliber Remote Weapons Station (MCRWS), which does not extend into the crew compartment and take up space and can be loaded from inside. Test firings occurred on a Stryker demonstrator on 19 February 2014, showing increased lethality and accuracy over the standard .50-caliber machine gun at ranges from 600-1,550 meters; the 30 mm cannon is capable of hitting targets over 2,000 meters away.

After comparative testing of the Kongsberg MCRWS mounted to Strykers, the U.S. Army approved on 22 April 2015 the equipping of 81 of the Stykers with 30 mm cannons following a lethality upgrade request to increase lethality against other light armor vehicles while preserving its wheeled mobility advantages. Outfitting the first Strykers with cannons is planned to occur in the next two years.

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