on April 23, 2021, the first Mobile Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) systems based on Stryker A1 8×8 armored vehicle was handed over to the US Army.

In modern wars, fighters, helicopters and drones, can all cause heavy damage to the enemy and become a decisive factor in victory, so fighting against the aerial combat vehicles is being urgently asked. Since the Cold War, the US Department of Defense began to develop short-range defense systems, and the SHORAD system was officially born. It was later integrated onto the chassis of the Stryker A1, to create a mobile air defense system, to counter a wide range of typical aerial threats of modern conflicts.

According to information from the US military, on April 23, 2021, the first Mobile Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) systems based on Stryker A1 8×8 armored vehicle was handed over to the US Army.

US M-SHORAD Stryker A1
US M-SHORAD Stryker A1

The system is primarily intended to defend maneuver forces against air threats. It also has the capability to engage a range of ground targets. The Army reportedly plans to procure 144 M-SHORAD Systems, with the objective of equipping the first and second battalions with 36 systems apiece by fiscal year 2021 and a third and fourth battalion with 36 systems each by fiscal year 2022.

Stryker A1 Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defence (M-SHORAD) system is being developed by General Dynamics Land Systems and Leonardo DRS. The vehicle is based on an 8×8 Stryker A1 armored vehicle which is fitted with a Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform turret armed with a launcher pod with four Stinger missiles, two Longbow Hellfire missile, one 30mm automatic cannon and one M240 7.62mm machine gun. The vehicle is able to detect, identifies and tracks air threats with onboard sensors providing 360-degree aerial surveillance.

The M-SHORAD is also equipped with hemispheric radar (MHR) designed and manufactured by the Israeli company Rada Electronic Industries. The vehicle is equipped with four MHR radars in order to ensure continuous surveillance, short-halt execution, and on-the-move operation. The Stryker M-SHORAD is also equipped with an identification friend or foe (IFF) antenna, an L3Harris WESCAM’s MX-GCS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sighting to provide the commander with 360° aerial surveillance as well as target identification and detection capabilities and electronic warfare (EW) package to provide improved situational awareness.

M-SHORAD is installed on General Dynamics’ Stryker A1 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle that is outfitted with a 450hp Caterpillar C9 engine and a 60,000lb suspension system. The double-V hull configuration of the Stryker A1 combat vehicle offers high survivability against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The Stryker vehicle is also fitted with an alternator to provide electrical power and support in-vehicle network. It has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 63,000lb. The vehicle has eight tires offering superior mobility and increased speed on all-terrain conditions.

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