Stryker Overweight

Army Times/AP:

The Stryker, an armored vehicle being built in Anniston by General Dynamics, was designed to be a medium-weight vehicle that could be sent anywhere in the world within 96 hours.

The original plan was to use the Air Force̢۪s several hundred C-130 aircraft to transport the eight-wheeled vehicles. But thousands of pounds of additional equipment have kept the Strykers heavier than the C-130 payload limits.

To get the Stryker down to an acceptable weight, General Dynamics is using lighter composite materials in some cases, and reducing heavy materials in other parts.

“We continue to look at other enhancements that we can make on the vehicles, which would further remove weight so that the Army could add on additional equipment in the future,†said Peter Keating, a spokesman for General Dynamics Land Systems in Detroit.

The Stryker is a $4 billion program, part of the military̢۪s transformation to a lighter, more flexible force in the post-Cold War era. Given that mission, the weight concerns raised doubts about whether the vehicle was a good investment.


I didn’t realize the Stryker was built in Anniston, Alabama–just 20 miles from where my parents live. The Anniston Army Depot has traditionally been a place where vehicles were retrofitted, not built from scratch.

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  1. phil massey says:

    I was behind an 18 wheeler carrying two of them (Strykers) a few weeks ago, here in Mobile. They are fearsome looking machines up close.

  2. phil massey says:

    And you posted this post twice.

  3. mark says:

    Anniston’s the depot for chemical weapons too, right? Cause wasn’t there a big hubbub when they began destroying those weapons via incineration at Anniston? Or was it some other base?

  4. James Joyner says:

    The chemicals were at Fort McClellan, a few miles down the road, but I believe they actually did the destuction at the Anniston Army Depot. (Which, oddly, is in Bynum ratehr than Anniston.)