STRYKER A STRIKEOUT?
MSNBC reports that the new Stryker fighting vehicle is vulnerable to machine-gun fire because of a substitution by a German subcontractor:
Unlike the massively thick steel that tanks are made from, the 19-ton Stryker has a light steel and aluminum structure. But this is clad in 130 ceramic tiles, supposedly tough enough stop heavy machine-gun fire and deflect the blast of incoming RPGs. More than 600 Strykers have been built by General Dynamics, which has a $4 billion contract to produce 2,100 in all. But the ceramic armor tiles are produced for GD by a German subcontractor. The problem arose when the German firm apparently changed the mix of ingredients in the tiles. (The firm could not be reached for comment.)
Bizarre. And why is it that we’re farming manufacturing out to the Germans, anyway? It’s not like they’re a cheap labor source. Maybe this is a NATO vehicle and they’re spreading the wealth a bit?
(Hat tip: John Cole)