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Hellfire-Missile-Equipped Strykers Sent To Europe To Counter Russia

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

According to the Warrior Maven, the United States Army is scrambling to send its newest Stryker MSL (Maneuver Short-range air defense Launcher) equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Raytheon Stinger short-range air defense missiles to Europe to counter the Russian regional threat.

Hellfire-Missile-Equipped Strykers Sent To Europe To Counter Russia

Air and missile defense is one of the top modernization priorities for the Army. “We are looking for a rapid solution for the near-term fight,” Maj. Gen. John Ferarri, Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation, told Warrior Maven in an interview.

For the first time since the Cold war, the Army is speeding up the development of new Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) capabilities in Europe by the end of 2018. The program is likely to encompass the Stryker MSL, which could deploy its first armored vehicles to Europe by 2020.

General Dynamics Land Systems presents a short promotional video of the Stryker MSL SHORAD.

It is likely that the Stryker MSLs could be assigned ” to the permanently forward-stationed 2nd Cavalry Regiment, which is already the first in U.S. Army Europe to have received 80 new Stryker ICVs armed with the 30mm cannon, and additional 87 Strykers with the CROWS-J Javelin system, both of which were engineered to help fill that SHORAD gap,” said Army Recognition.

Hellfire-Missile-Equipped Strykers Sent To Europe To Counter Russia

Stryker MSL (Maneuver Short-range air defense Launcher) at White Sands Missile Range. (Source: General Dynamics)

In March, we reported how the 2nd Cavalry Regiment was actively testing a high-tech laser weapon in Europe, called the Mobile High Energy Laser (MEHEL) mounted on the M1126 Stryker armored personnel carrier for SHORAD purposes.

“Given that counterinsurgency tactics have taken center stage during the last 15 years of ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said the Warrior Maven, the Army now recognizes that increased close-in air Russian threats of cruise missiles and small unmanned aerial vehicles could be a major problem when the next conflict breaks out.

“We are looking for an end to end system that is able to detect and defeat the rotary wing fixed wing and UAS (drone) threat to the maneuvering BCT (Brigade Combat Team),” Col. Charles Worshim, Project Manager for Cruise Missile Defense Systems, told Warrior Maven in an interview.

The Stryker MSL includes a Boeing unmanned turret mounted at the rear of the vehicle; this is where a cargo area replaces the “original infantrymen compartment. The turret is armed with four Longbow Hellfires located on the right side and another pod with four launchers for Raytheon Stinger short-range air defense missile,” said Army Recognition.

Hellfire-Missile-Equipped Strykers Sent To Europe To Counter Russia

Boeing-GDLS STRYKER MSL Ready for US Army “Shoot Off.” (Source: Monch)

Senior military officials believe Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems could have the first Stryker SHORAD prototype ready by 2019 as a step toward producing 144 initial vehicles.

The Stryker MSL will be the most advanced SHORAD vehicle to meet the Army’s requirements for combating a rapidly emerging threat from enemy unmanned aerial vehicles, rotary wing, and cruise missile threats.

“We atrophied air defense if you think about it. With more near-peer major combat operations threats on the horizon, the need for SHORAD and high-tier weapons like THAAD and PATRIOT comes back to the forefront. This is a key notion of maneuverable SHORAD – if you are going to maneuver you need an air defense capability able to stay up with a formation,” the senior Army official told Warrior Maven in an interview.

The Army is conscious about the exponential rise of inexpensive, unmanned air and land-based drones on the modern battlefield, and is now actively working to field an entire fleet of  Stryker MSLs to counter short-range enemy threats. Judging by the regional deployment in the early 2020s, it seems as the Pentagon is getting ready for a shooting war with Russia. Will the endless war-spending bankrupt America? We will find out shortly…

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  • Random *

    Looks like Pantsir-1S on minimal settings (no guns & etc.) 😉

    • as

      No gun, no radar.

    • testera

      It’s closer to a couple of MANPADS mounted in the back of a pickup truck.

  • Len Zegelink

    the pantsir is better

  • Serious

    Europeans are colonised by USA and say that they are colonized by Russia. XD.

    Poor people.

    Europeans and Arabs are in the same position : American slaves.

  • Jesus

    Band aid approach in putting together a platform to supposedly provide close ground and air support.
    Striker is a lightly armored vehicle that is vulnerable to anything over 30MM, Koronet, and Vikhr missiles are superior ( in range) to Hellfire missiles that have a range of 8kms, Stinger is an old missile with a range 8kms.
    These Strikers will not do well against Terminators 2, and be outgunned and outperformed by Pantsir and Tor systems.

    • as

      Yes it’s trying too hard to be cheap.

  • You can call me Al

    Looks like some poor version of my fireworks show on New Years Eve.

    Wonder if it as good as the Patriot system ?, which as proved is crap.

    • as

      They recycled the Avenger made on Humvee chassis. Slapped it on Stryker chassis and voila it’s just millions a pop.

  • as

    Ironically the US Military now are trying hard to be cheap yet they also have to be on top of everything.

  • Dr. Pro Liv
  • testera

    This is a joke vehicle. With only two short range AA missiles it won’t even be able to defend itself.

  • Smaug

    I noted during my time in the Army that we were totally preoccupied with counter-terrorism, in fact I was a tanker that was also trained in door to door searches. I’ve seen that shifting since the heightened rivalry with Russia started, tho.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiZDf0WYpYY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-6_XCsT_cc

  • Bob

    The Stryker platform is noted for having stability issues – the narrow wheelbase and front and rear mass overhangs impact the vehicle’s balance – they are known to roll with relatively ease. Bolting a large missile system to the rear of chassis may well further impact these existing issues.