The Stryker is a family of 8 wheel drive heavily armored vehicles designed to maneuver more easily in close and urban terrain while providing protection in the open. It is being produced in two major variants: the Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) and the Mobile Gun System (MGS), while the ICV comes in nine different variants. The Stryker can be deployed by C-5 Galaxy (carries 4), C-17 Globemaster (carries 3), and C-130 Hercules (carries 1) military transport aircraft and be combat-ready upon arrival.
The M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle provides protected transport for an infantry squad and direct fire support during the dismounted assault. The ICV carries a 9-man squad and retains the capability to provide effective supporting fire to the squad while it is dismounted. The ICV's local defensive armament is capable of defeating "thin-skinned" enemy vehicles (trucks or lightly armored vehicles) and dismounted infantry.
The M1127 Stryker Reconnassaince Vehicle provides an effective platform for RSTA (Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition) Squadrons and battalion scouts to perform reconnaissance and surveillance operations. The RV is the key enabler for both sensor and HUMINT focused surveillance and intelligence operations.
The M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System carries a 105mm cannon. The principal function of the MGS is to provide rapid and lethal direct fires to support assaulting infantry. The cannon is mounted in a low-profile, fully stabilized, „shoot on the move” turret integrated into the Stryker chassis.