Forces of Valor 80053 US M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle - Stryker Brigade Combat Team 1: 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Iraq, 2003 (1:32 Scale)
"We will carry out a campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility ... and by the application of overwhelming force."
- CENTCOM commander General Tommy Franks commenting on the conduct of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, March 21st, 2003
The Infantry Carrier Vehicle provides protected transport and supporting fire for the infantry squad during dismounted assault. The Stryker is a full time four-wheel drive, selectively eight-wheel drive, armored vehicle weighing approximately 19t which carries an infantry squad with their equipment. The vehicle can attain speeds of 62mph on paved roads. The basic infantry carrier vehicle (ICV) provides armored protection for the two-man crew and a squad of nine soldiers.
The vehicle's commander has an FBCB2 (Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below) digital communications system that allows communication between vehicles through text messaging and a map network, as well as with the battalion. The map shows the position of all vehicles on the battlefield and the commander can mark the position of enemy forces on the map which can then be seen by other commanders.
The ICV has a Kongsberg Remote Weapon Station with a universal soft mount cradle, which can accommodate either a .50 caliber M2 machine gun, MK19 40mm grenade launcher or M240 7.62mm machine gun. It is also armed with four M6 smoke grenade launchers.
This item has been cancelled by the manufacturer.
Historical Account: "Stryke Hard, Stryke Fast" - Despite its aggressive sounding moniker, the Stryker vehicle is actually named for two American servicemen who posthumously received the Medal of Honor: Pfc Stuart S. Stryker, who died in World War II and Spc Robert F. Stryker, who died in the Vietnam War.
The Stryker was championed by General Eric Shinseki when he was Army Chief of Staff. The vehicle is employed in Stryker Brigade Combat Teams, light and mobile units based on the Brigade Combat Team Doctrine that relies on vehicles connected by military C4I networks.