US Army awards contract to General Dynamics for Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile vehicle kits

According to a contract released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on September 25, 2020, General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a 14,129,939 modification (PZ0002) to contract W56HZV-20-D-0011 for Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile vehicle kits.
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U.S. soldiers from Reaper Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment fire a Tube-launched, Optical-Tracked, Wire command link, TOW anti-tank guided missile from an M1134 Stryker at range 117 in Grafenwoehr Training Area. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

The M1134 is the Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Vehicle in the American-made Stryker 8x8 armored vehicle family. The Stryker ATGM is based on the standard Stryker 8x8 chassis and features a similar design. The crew is located at the front of the vehicle, the engine compartment is in the middle and the missile launcher is located at the rear. The crew consists of four soldiers.

The main armament of the Stryker M1134 ATGM is the TOW-2 anti-tank missile. The launcher features high-end optics and has two missiles ready to launch. A single missile is launched and guided onto a target at a time. The TOW-2 missile is wire-guided and has a maximum range of 4 km.

The M1134 armor protects the crew against the firing of small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Over the frontal arc, the armor resists fire from heavy machine guns with a caliber of up to 14.5mm. The missiles can be launched under armor protection.

The TOW 2 is a heavy anti-tank missile. It is an upgraded version of the previous TOW. It entered service with the US Army in 1983. Current production versions include TOW 2A (BGM-71E), which entered production in 1987 with over 118,000 missiles delivered. TOW 2B (BGM-71F) entered production in 1991 with more than 40,000 missiles delivered and is designed to complement rather than replace TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero, and TOW 2A bunker buster (BGM-71H).

The TOW 2B has a maximum range of 4 200 m. It has a maximum range of 4 200 m. It has a tandem warhead and was specially designed to defeat tanks with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA). It penetrates 900 mm of steel armor behind ERA.