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US and India to jointly develop Stryker M-SHORAD variant for the Indian Army

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US and India to jointly develop Stryker M-SHORAD variant for the Indian Army
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In a significant move aimed at bolstering India’s ground forces amidst ongoing border tensions with China, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently unveiled a strategic collaboration with India to co-develop Stryker armored vehicles.

The collaborative initiative primarily revolves around the development of the Stryker M-SHORAD (Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense) variant. This cutting-edge, highly mobile air defense system is designed to effectively counter low-altitude aerial threats and will be constructed on a novel Stryker A1 chassis, a product of joint efforts between the two nations.

The Stryker M-SHORAD variant presents a formidable, mobile, and resilient air defense solution against a spectrum of aerial threats. Utilizing the advanced Stryker A1 chassis, co-developed by both countries, India stands to benefit from enhanced air defense capabilities.

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India’s acquisition of M-SHORADs will include both traditional missile defense functionalities and the state-of-the-art 50-kilowatt laser weapon system, known as the Directed Energy M-SHORAD. This integration signifies a significant leap in India’s air defense capabilities, aligning with the nation’s strategic objectives.

Designed specifically to counter low-altitude aerial threats such as drones, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft, the M-SHORAD system represents a critical addition to India’s defense arsenal. Leveraging the versatile Stryker 8×8 platform, already deployed by the US Army, ensures adaptability and effectiveness in diverse operational scenarios.

The modular design of the Stryker allows for various configurations, including infantry carriers, reconnaissance vehicles, and mobile gun systems. This inherent versatility enables rapid deployment and provides crucial support to ground forces across varied environments, enhancing operational flexibility.

As part of the collaboration, India will receive transfer of technology for the Stryker, including associated weaponry. The Indian Army’s procurement plans involve acquiring 300 units in the initial phase, with potential enhancements such as a robust engine sourced from Cummins, further augmenting the program’s capabilities.

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