Armor & Mobility

FEB 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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When Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were threatened by the destructive power of improvised explosive devices, a variant of the armored Stryker combat vehicle sporting a specially-designed blast- diffusing hull saved countless lives. The vehicle's stellar performance is doubtless related to the extensive evaluation it had undergone at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), Yuma, AZ, and its three subsidiary test centers since 2002, including a six month stint in the jungles of Suriname in 2008. Put to the Test As part of Phase 2 of the Army's Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) upgrades, the Stryker 1126 newly-outfitted double V- hull (DVH) variant underwent a punishing mobility test at a U.S. Army Tropic Regions Test Center (TRTC) facility in Panama, the first test of its kind conducted by the U.S. in the Central American nation in decades. This evaluation followed a significant amount of durability testing at Yuma Proving Ground facilities and Fort Greely, AK over the previous year. Boasting an upgraded chassis and drivetrain along with a variety of mechanical, electrical and digital improvements to enhance performance, the 1126 DVH variant was driven more than 2,000 miles across rugged terrain by the time testing concluded at the end of the tropical rainy season in December. "If a young Soldier is ambushed while driving a combat vehicle in a dense jungle, his reaction will be to immediately extricate himself from that situation," said Ernest Hugh, TRTC director. "The question is, is this feasible under those conditions? What are the vehicle's capabilities and limitations in an extreme tropical environment?" Overcoming the Humidity Monster With tropic regions comprising nearly 40% of the world's land surface and serving as home to more than half the world's population, ensuring military equipment works as it should in this extreme environment is crucial, and Panama is an ideal locale to conduct this testing. Recent performance testing amid tropical climates is proving new Stryker reliability in the harshest of environments. By Mark Schauer, Public Affairs, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground ENSURING MISSION RELIABILITY Armor & Mobility | February 2017 | 3

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