|GDLS Chooses LIBA for the Stryker!!http://www.gdls.com/programs/strykers.html
Based on the lessons learned since Desert Storm (Iraq 1991), Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom, the mobile war-fighting platforms of the US Army and Marines are being transformed into a lighter, leaner, and meaner formations capable of hitting hard and fast.
The Stryker LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) III [LAV III] is at the center of the Army’s Interim Brigade Combat Teams. The IBCTs are lighter and more mobile, yet provide firepower unmatchable by the enemy. In total, four brigades will receive the vehicles with each brigade equipped with more than 300 Stryker vehicles. At least 3 more brigades are being contemplated.
The most important advance on the Stryker LAV as opposed to previous light weight armored vehicles is its ceramic composite armor which offers protection against AP projectiles, artillery shells as well as IED (roadside bombs) that is the number one threat in Iraq.
Of equal importance to the Stryker LAV is its relatively swift deployability with C-130 cargo planes. This is in accordance with one of the Army’s current transformation goals: being able to deploy brigade combat teams anywhere in the world within 96 hours, a division in 120 hours and five divisions within 30 days.