U.S. Army to field more ‘double‑V hull’ Strykers

WASHINGTON — The Army expects final deliv­ery of addi­tion­al Stryk­er double‑V hull vehi­cles, the Stryk­er DVH, by year’s end and expects to then have a total of about 760.

The double‑V hull on new Stryk­ers is sav­ing lives in Afghanistan, acqui­si­tion offi­cials say, adding that over 400 more of them will be field­ed this year.
Click to enlarge

The vehi­cle has been effec­tive in the­ater, Army acqui­si­tion offi­cials said at a media round­table Friday. 

“To hear from the field, back from Sol­diers and com­man­ders about the val­ue of the double‑V hull, it is tru­ly remark­able,” said Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips, prin­ci­pal mil­i­tary deputy to the assis­tant sec­re­tary of the Army for Acqui­si­tion, Logis­tics and Technology. 

To date, Phillips said, there have been about 40 inci­dents where the double‑V hull has encoun­tered an impro­vised explo­sive device, known as an IED, and with the excep­tion of two inci­dents, all of the Sol­diers walked away with just minor injuries. 

“That vehi­cle has per­formed beyond our expec­ta­tions in coun­ter­ing IEDs,” Phillips said. “And we will con­tin­ue to field them.” 

The Army already has about 300 of the Stryk­er DVH vehi­cles in the­ater. The addi­tion­al vehi­cles will allow the Army to build two brigades with the Stryk­er DVH

Still in the­ater are Stryk­ers with­out the spe­cial hull design, or “flat bot­tom” vehi­cles. Includ­ed among those are the nuclear, bio­log­i­cal, chem­i­cal, recon­nais­sance vehi­cle, or Stryk­er NBC RV ver­sion, and the mobile gun sys­tem ver­sion, or Stryk­er MGS

Maj. Gen. Tony A. Cuco­lo III, direc­tor, force devel­op­ment, Army G‑8, said that across a range of threats, the Stryk­er flat-bot­tom could be applied in some areas. He also said that there is a “very capa­ble” under­body kit for the flat-bot­tom Stryk­er to pro­vide extra protection. 


Anoth­er suc­cess in the­ater, Phillips said, includes the Tier I and Tier II Pelvic Pro­tec­tion System. 

The Army want­ed to do some­thing to offer pro­tec­tion to Sol­diers. Tak­ing a cue from British forces that had already found a mate­r­i­al solu­tion to the prob­lem, the Army devel­oped the Pelvic Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem. The sys­tem includes two lay­ers of pro­tec­tion for Sol­diers, includ­ing the Tier I pro­tec­tive under-gar­ment, called the “PUG,” and the Tier II pro­tec­tive out­er-gar­ment, called the “POG.”

Both com­po­nents of the sys­tem are worn like shorts. The PUG is worn under a Soldier’s ACU pants and has a breath­able, mois­ture-wick­ing mate­r­i­al on the out­er thighs. Along the inner thighs is knit­ted Kevlar to pro­tect the fleshy inner parts of the thighs and the femoral artery. Over the groin, more knit­ted or woven Kevlar. The out­er gar­ment, the POG, pro­vides even more pro­tec­tion for Sol­diers, and per­forms sim­i­lar to the soft por­tions of the improved out­er tac­ti­cal vest. 

The Army has field­ed just more than 15,000 Tier II gar­ments and more than 52,000 Tier I garments. 

Three Sol­diers who encoun­tered IEDs while on patrol in Region­al Com­mand South in Afghanistan had been wear­ing the Pelvic Pro­tec­tive Sys­tem. Two lost part of one or both legs — but their groin area, Phillips said, sur­vived, as did their pelvic area. The third Sol­dier lost both legs and suf­fered severe dam­age to his pelvic region — but his groin area was intact. 

“As soon as that was under­stood by Sol­diers through­out the for­ma­tions, that went through the com­mand like wild fire,” Phillips said. “And Sol­diers are now wear­ing under­gar­ment pro­tec­tion, pelvic protection.” 


In July, the Army released the “Deck­er-Wag­n­er” review of its acqui­si­tion process­es. The pan­el that pro­duced the report was chaired by Gilbert Deck­er, a for­mer Army acqui­si­tion chief, as well as Gen. Lou Wag­n­er, the now-retired for­mer chief of the Army Materiel Command. 

Phillips said the Army has already imple­ment­ed 29 of the 76 rec­om­men­da­tions in the report, and will imple­ment a total of 63 of those rec­om­men­da­tions total — with the major­i­ty com­plete by the summer. 

As a result of the study, Phillips said, the Army has revised the way it looks at require­ments. Now, he said, the ser­vice is look­ing at what capa­bil­i­ties a require­ment pro­vides, is it fea­si­ble in terms of exe­cu­tion on the time­line, and is it affordable. 

One ben­e­fi­cia­ry of the Army’s new acqui­si­tion process­es is the Joint Light Tac­ti­cal Vehi­cle. Phillips said the JLTV might have cost the Army close to $500,000 per vehi­cle if the Army had gone for­ward with the strat­e­gy it had dur­ing the tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment phase of the vehi­cle. Today, he said, as a result of how the Army changed the way it does require­ments “we are con­fi­dent we can bring this vehi­cle in for less than $250,000.”

Phillips also chid­ed “naysay­ers” of Army acqui­si­tion — those who say Army acqui­si­tion can’t deliver. 

Phillips cit­ed the mine-resis­tant, ambush-pro­tect­ed vehi­cle, known as an MRAP, the MRAP All-Ter­rain Vehi­cle, the 60-plus upgrades to the M4 car­bine, the M240L light machine gun, and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of unmanned aer­i­al vehi­cles as exam­ples of how the Army is deliv­er­ing to the force what Sol­diers need to com­plete the mission. 

“The myth is Army acqui­si­tion can’t deliv­er,” Phillips said. “The truth is, we have deliv­ered for our Soldiers.” 

U.S. Army 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefence.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →