March 11, 2002
Canadian-made Stryker armoured vehicles unveiled
London, Ontario – GM Defense unveiled the first of more than 2,100 Stryker Armored Vehicles to be delivered to the U.S. Army over the next seven years. These vehicles will provide the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Teams with a new generation of fast, agile and highly deployable light armoured vehicles.
The Stryker vehicle fleet, named in honour of two U.S. Congressional Medal of Honour recipients, is forming the basis of a major U.S. Army transformation initiative. The vehicles are being manufactured by GM Defense in partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Michigan) under a contract valued at roughly $4 billion (US).
These vehicles are the newest members of the U.S. Army’s inventory, weighing roughly 19 tons, with selective all-wheel eight-wheel drive, top speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour, and a range of more than 300 miles. The Stryker family of vehicles comprises 10 variants including Infantry Carrier Vehicle, Mobile Gun System, Commander’s Vehicle, Reconnaissance Vehicle, Fire Support Vehicle, Mortar Carrier, Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle, Engineer Squad Vehicle, Medical Evacuation Vehicle and Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle.
The vehicles can be transported in a full range of U.S. Air Force transport aircraft for quick deployment anywhere in the world. The Stryker vehicles are fast and highly versatile vehicles capable of activating their weapon systems and/or conducting rapid maneouvers in all types of weather, visibility conditions and terrain.
GM Defense is a group of GM-owned business units engaged in the design and production of light armoured vehicles and supporting turret systems for military use around the world. The group comprises research, design, and manufacturing facilities in London, Ontario; Goleta, California; Troy, Michigan; Kreuzlingen, Switzerland; and Adelaide, Australia. Operations within GM Defense have more than 50 years of experience in the design, manufacture, and delivery of a unique family of light armored vehicles. Those vehicles are in service with the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army National Guard, and with other military forces around the globe.