Annual Report Reveals Stryker Combat Left Without Active Protection System
The annual report released by Pentagon’s Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), has revealed the Stryker combat autos’ Active Protection System (APS) issues.
It was initially advised that Stryker combat vehicles will obtain new active defense systems to ramp up platform survivability in the coming future.
Military commanders want to use Stryker vehicles outfitted with APS to disrupt and destroy enemy military forces, to regulate land areas including populations and resources, and to carry out combat operations to protect U.S. national interests whereas increasing safety to the vehicle and its team.
Based on the report, the U.S. Army reviewed three different solutions for Stryker APS: Iron Curtain, Advanced Modular Armor Safety – Active Defense System, and the Trophy Medium Variant system.
Every vendor had unique technical solutions with various countermeasures mechanisms.
These APS technologies intend to improve the survivability of ground combat automobiles against anti-tank guided weapons, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and recoilless rifle warnings by using a kinetic “hard kill” mechanism to prevent and defeat the incoming threat.
In the fiscal year 2018, the Military completed Phase I Iron Curtain APS testing on the Stryker. In FY19, the Military pursued and examined two new Stryker APS solutions: Superior Modular Armor Protection – Active Protection System by UBT/Rheinmetall and the Trophy Light system by Rafael.
The Military has not chosen any of those solutions because of the demonstrated efficiency and systems maturity.
The Military has been working on adding lively protection methods to all of its leading armored vehicle platforms, including the Bradley, the M1 Abrams tank, and the Stryker family of wheeled autos, in recent times