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The M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) is an armoured personnel carrier and is a part of the Stryker family of vehicles. It is derived from the Canadian LAV III/Swiss MOWAG Piranha IIIH 8×8 and used by two armed forces – by the US Army, and the Royal Thai Army.
The Infantry Carrier Vehicle provides protected transport and, during dismounted assault, supporting fire for the infantry squad.
And a video of the Thai Army using it:
Significantly lighter and more transportable than existing battle tanks and armored vehicles, the Stryker fulfills an immediate requirement to provide Combatant Commanders with a strategically deployable (C-17/C-5) and operationally deployable (C-130) brigade capable of rapid movement anywhere on the globe in a combat ready configuration.
The Stryker interim armored vehicle (IAV) is a 19-ton, eight-wheeled armored vehicle that provides the Army a family of ten different vehicles on a common chassis.
The Stryker comprises two variants – the Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) and the Mobile Gun System (MGS).
The ICV has eight additional configurations: Mortar Carrier (MC), Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV), Commanders Vehicle (CV), Fire Support Vehicle (FSV), Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV), Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV), Anti-tank Guided Missile Vehicle (ATGM), and NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV).
Stryker vehicles have robust armor protection, can sustain speeds of 100 km/h, have parts commonality and self-recovery abilities and also have a central tire inflation system.
The Infantry Carrier Vehicle carries a nine-man infantry squad and a crew of two and has a Remote Weapon Station with an M2 .50 caliber machine gun or MK-19, 40mm grenade launcher.
dditionally, and just as important, the Stryker family of vehicles stresses performance and commonality that reduces the logistics footprint and minimize sustainment costs.
The same engine used in the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) powers the Stryker.
The Stryker is designed to enable the SBCT to maneuver more easily in close and urban terrain, while providing protection in open terrain.
Performance highlights include:
- C-130 transportability;
- internetted C4ISR capability;
- integral all-around armor protection from 14.5mm projectiles and 152mm artillery airburst protection (upgradeable to Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) protection with addon armor);
- self-deployment and self-recovery capability;
- reduced vehicle acoustic signature;
- ability to carry a nine-man infantry or engineer squad; and bunker and wall breaching capability.
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