Christmas came early for the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment when the first of the new, upgunned Strykers arrived this week, with their main guns still waiting to be unwrapped.
The regiment is the first unit in Europe to receive the new armored infantry fighting vehicles, which are built by General Dynamics. They are equipped with a new turret mounting a 30 mm autocannon — a huge increase in firepower from the current M2 .50-caliber machine guns, which allows the eight-wheel-drive troop transport to take on a larger variety of armored opponents.
The decision to speed development of the upgraded Strykers was made in 2015, shortly after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. side soon realized that the machine-gun-armed Stryker was outclassed by the Russian BMP-3 tracked infantry fighting vehicle, which mounts a 100 mm low-velocity gun or BTR-82 wheeled transporters with either a 30 mm autocannon or a 120 mm gun mortar.
The new 30 mm cannons on the “Dragoon” Strykers, named after the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, can fire high-explosive, armor-piercing and air-burst rounds. They have double the range of the machine guns. These benefits give the cavalrymen an added level of precision and lethality.
Critics of the Stryker vehicles have claimed they lack the firepower of modern tanks. While these new, upgunned Strykers still do not possess the lethality of a tank, the added 30 mm cannon does drastically increase their capability to engage armored-fighting vehicles and light tanks.
The Stryker’s primary role remains that of an infantry carrier, capable of transporting as many as nine soldiers onto the battlefield. It isn’t meant to face armor in a straight fight. Instead, the infantrymen carry their own anti-tank weapons.
GREENBELT, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing a cache of weapons and plotting to attack Democratic politicians and journalists was ordered held for two weeks on Thursday while federal prosecutors consider charging him with more crimes.
An undated image of Hoda Muthana provided by her attorney, Hassan Shibly. (Associated Press)
Attorneys for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump asking the court to recognize the citizenship of an Alabama woman who left the U.S. to join ISIS and allow she and her young son to return to the United States.
U.S. soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, November 1, 2018. Picture taken November 1, 2018. (U.S. Army/Zoe Garbarino/Handout via Reuters)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.