War Master WMTK021 US M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System - 2nd Infantry Division, Iraq, 2007 (1:72 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 M1128 Mobile Gun System is an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle mounting a 105 mm tank gun, based on the Canadian LAV III light-armored vehicle manufactured by General Dynamics Canada. It is in service with the United States and was also being considered for adoption by several other countries, including Canada.
The MGS turret is low profile, stabilized, and autoloading. The turret mounts a 105 mm M68A2 rifled cannon. The vehicle is primarily outfitted to support infantry combat operations. While it could take on some of the roles of tanks, it is not designed to engage in combat with tanks. The MGS can store 18 rounds of main gun ammunition in the turret. It has a rate of fire of six rounds per minute.
Because the Mobile Gun System uses the same chassis as other MOWAG Piranha derivatives, it would have the same mobility, and could be rescued or salvaged by a Piranha-derived recovery vehicle.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System that was attached to the 2nd Infantry Division, then deployed to Iraq during 2007.
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Release Date: January 2013
Historical Account: "Surging Forward" - From June 2006 to September 2007, the 2nd Infantry Division's 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team deployed from Fort Lewis, Washington in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the 3rd Stryker Brigade's second deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom their mission was to assist the Iraqi security forces with counter-insurgency operations in the Ninewa Province. 46 soldiers from the brigade lost their lives during the deployment.
On June 1st, 2006, at Fort Lewis, Washington the 4th Brigade, 2d Infantry Division was formed. From April 2007 to July 2008 the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team was deployed as part of the surge to regain control of the situation in Iraq. The brigade assumed responsibility for the area north of Baghdad and the Diyala province. 35 soldiers from the brigade lost their lives during the deployment.
From October 2006 to January 2008, the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed from Fort Carson, Colorado in support of the Multi-National Division - Baghdad (1st Cavalry Division) and was responsible for assisting the Iraqi forces to become self-reliant, bringing down the violence and insurgency levels and supporting the rebuilding of the Iraqi infrastructure. 43 soldiers from the brigade lost their lives during the deployment.
SSG Christopher B. Waiters of the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on October 23rd, 2008, for his actions on April 5th, 2007, when he was a Specialist. Shortly after SPC Erik Oropeza of the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division was also awarded the DSC for his actions on May 22nd, 2007. Thus the division will be credited with the 17th and 18th Distinguished Service Cross awards since 1975.
The 2nd Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq in the fall of 2009.