Watch U.S. Stryker Fighting Vehicles Unload at the Range to Test Their New Cannon

Watch U.S. Stryker Fighting Vehicles Unload at the Range to Test Their New Cannon
Watch U.S. Stryker Fighting Vehicles Unload at the Range to Test Their New Cannon.

The U.S. Army's Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICVD) sports a 30mm cannon designed to shred the armor of light armored vehicles. The new gun is America's response to the threat of heavily armored Russian tanks and mechanized formations.

Now you can watch it in action. The new video below shows off the raw firepower of these Stryker units with their big cannon. Two other systems, the M1128 Mobile Gun System and the .50-caliber heavy machine gun, are also on display.

The video begins with an ICVD rolling up to the firing line. Technically, the ICVD is a M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier, a wheeled infantry carrier capable of transporting a nine-person infantry squad, outfitted with the new Dragoon turret installed on the roof.

The Stryker was originally conceived as a lightweight infantry carrier, armed only with a .50-caliber machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The vehicle could be rapidly deployed to hot spots around the globe. Strykers function as the middle tier between the U.S. Army’s heavy units—which use Abrams main battle tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles—and the service's light, foot-bound infantry.