Stryker MSL  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2019
Total Production: 144
Also Known As: Stryker Maneuver Short-range air defense Launcher
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Stryker
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 4,845
Total Cost: USD$17 billion
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Description: The Stryker vehicle is the result of lessons learned by the US Army during the Gulf War in 1991. Current light divisions are deployable but they can not stand up armored forces. On the other hand, current heavy divisions equipped with Abrams and Bradley tanks can defeat any armored forces but they need months to be deployed (the US Army requested 6 months to build up the heavy forces that defeated Saddam Hussein). The Stryker meets both requirements deployability/mobility, and lethality/survivability. The US Army original plans were to procure up to 2,131 Stryker vehicles to equip six Interim Brigades Combat Teams (IBCT) through 2008. The estimated cost of the Stryker, originally named Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV), program was $4 billion. Each Interim Brigade will feature more than 300 Stryker vehicles and the first one (3rd brigade, 2nd infantry division) will achieve operational capability in 2003. Finally the US Army procured more than 4,000 Stryker vehicles.

The Stryker armored vehicle weighs no more than 38,000 pounds, can be airlifted by a single C-130 aircraft, and has enough armor to stop small arms fire. There are 10 variants of the Stryker vehicle: Infantry Carrier Vehicle, Mobile Gun System, Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle, Reconnaissance Vehicle, Fire Support Vehicle, Engineer Squad Vehicle, Mortar Carrier Vehicle, Commander's Vehicle, Medical Evacuation Vehicle, and the NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle. Each vehicle provides all around 14.5mm integral protection, RPG-protection through add-on armor, overhead 152mm HE airburst and NBC protection, as well as individual crew respirators and reduced thermal and acoustic signatures.

The Stryker Maneuver Short-range air defense Launcher (MSL) is a new variant developed by Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems capable of firing both the Hellfire anti-tank missile and AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range surface-to-air missile. The Stryker MSL is fitted with an unmanned turret equipped with electro-optical sensors, two AIM-9X missiles and four Hellfire Missiles. The US Army may use the new Stryker variant to counter the threat posed by unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), helicopters and cruise missiles. Besides, the Stryker MSL would be able to engage armored vehicles on the ground. The new short-range air defense system was demonstrated successfully in late 2017. Up to 144 Stryker MSL vehicles will be procured by the US Army beginning in 2019.

Stryker MSL Specifications

Number of Weapons: 6
Wheel Drive: 8x8
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 1441
Defensive Weapons
AGM-114R Hellfire IIx4
AIM-9X Sidewinderx2
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