The Army is working on a new and improved Stryker armoredvehicle variant, known as the Stryker A1, that will boost the eight wheeledvehicle's performance giving it a bigger engine, beefier transmission, brakesand suspension as well as adding new sensors, shot detection gear, a newcommunications network and an improved remotely operated weapons turret.
The Army plans to spend $134 million on the upgraded Strykerin 2011, according to service budget documents, and nearly $880 million over thenext five years. The designation A then 1, 2, 3 is typically added to Army vehicle names asthey go through various iterations and improvement packages such as the M1A1Abrams, the M1A2, etc.
The improved Stryker A1 package includes adding armor to thehull and raising the vehicle higher off the ground so that it's betterprotected against IED blasts. To protect the thinly armored vehicles fromRocket Propelled Grenades, the Army added "steel cage" slat armor around thehull, meant to detonate the rocket's warhead before it hits.
While the steel cages improved survivability against RPGs, thearmor adds nearly 2