U.S. Stryker Interim Armored Vehicle Family
Present Vehicle Line No.17
Wings & Wheels Publications.
Published by RAK, Czech Republic.
132 pages all in colour.
Review by Terry Ashley
With two companies, AFV Club and Trumpeter releasing kits of the M1126 Stryker ICV and other variants this reference book from Wings & Wheels publications in their Present Vehicle Line is very timely as dedicated publications on the Stryker are very thin on the ground at this time.
The 132 page book has the usual card cover and the full English text is a little more extensive than previous books in the series that gives a detailed account of the development of the Stryker Interim Armored Vehicle (also known as the LAV III) which is based on the Swiss MOWAG Piranha III with the first 6 pages split about 50/50 text and general overall photos of the vehciles covered in the book.
The book is devided into 10 chapters and the easiest way to describe the contents is to step through the sections as listed at the front of the book with a brief description of each, so lets get on with it.
M1126 Stryker ICV Pages 8-35
Pages 8 to 17 has extensive text with technical descriptions of the base model ICV with general type photos of the vehicle on manoeuvres devoid of most storage and without the slat armour to give overall coverage of the general ICV layout.
This is followed by 3 pages with detailed photos of the M151 RWS fitted with the .50cal MG and two pages with exterior and interior shots that offer a glimpse at some of the details.
The next 14 pages have a series of all round views of Stryker ICVs on active service in Iraq fitted with the slat armour designed to defeat the RPG threat with mostly external shots as well as taken from on top of the vehicle showing how the slats are attached to the hull which could prove useful, plus another couple of detail shots of the RWS.
M1126 Stryker ICV with Mk19 Granade Launcher Pages
This section again has mostly overall shots of an ICV without slat armour on manoeuvres with the Mk.19 Grenade Launcher fitted to the RWS with a few close-ups of some hull details and six close-ups of the RWS plus a technical description of the RWS and the two most common weapons fitted, the M2 .50cal HB Machine Gun and Mk.19 Grenade Launcher.
M1127 Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle Pages 46-69
The Stryker RV section has 6 pages of text and photos with a technical and general description of the vehicle along with general all round shots followed by 7 pages of close-up external shots giving some good details of the hull including a couple of pages dealing with the revised weapons station mounting the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3) and M2 .50cal MG that includes two pages of close-up all around views of the LRAS3.
This is followed by 5 pages of interior shots of the RV that includes the additional communications equipment and the Squad Leader's station that should be of interest and another 6 pages with general overall shots of the RV on active service in Iraq fitted with slat armour.
M1130 Stryker Command Vehicle Pages 70-81
This section describes the M1130 CV which is very similar to the ICV but with additional communications equipment and aerials and again has a detailed text description of the vehicle and it mission followed by 16 pages of close-up detail shots of the hull exterior and as the vehicle has very little stowage the details are shown to good effect. These include the hull front head lights, winch cable outlet on the hull front and the main winch located behind the driver's hatch. The rear hull sides and rear plate with door close are shown in a series of close-up photos as well as the hull top details showing the Driver's, Squad Leader's and Commander's hatches inside and out as are the rear compartment hatches and another 8 close-up shots of the RWS with the M2 .50cal MG fitted.
Two pages follow with interior shots looking into the rear troop compartment and Driver's station for additional details with most of the external close-up shots also applicable to the M1126 ICV.
M1130 Stryker Command Vehicle Tactical Air Control
This short section has a few general walk around shots of CV Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) vehicle which is fitted with specialised communications equipment with distinctive antennas which are shown in close-up shots.
There is 3 pages of interior shots showing much of the communications equipment carried leaving little room for anything else in the rear compartment.
M1132 Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle w/Light Weight Mine Roller Pages
The M1132 is again almost identical to the M1126 ICV but fitted with additional engineering equipment such as the Light Weight Mine Roller featured here and again there is a detailed text of the ESV giving technical and general descriptions with a series of good close-up shots of the Light Weight Mine Roller. Of interest is the relocation of the head light on stalks and gives the vehicle a distinctive look.
M1132 Stryker ESV w/Angled Mine Plow Pages 106-113
Following on we have additional general walk around shots and good close-ups of the Angled Mine Plow fitted to the front of the ESV that give good views of the quite complicated Plow.
M1132 Stryker ESV w/Straight Obstacle Blade Pages
The third section on the ESV features the hydraulic Obstacle Blade fitted to the front of the hull with some good close-ups showing the blade and hydraulic connections as well as 2 pages of interior shots and 4 pages of the ESV in Iraq with slat armour and fitted with the Surface Mine Plow for yet another variation on equipment fitted.
Chassis Details Pages 126-129
This section jas 4 pages of close-up detail shots of the suspension components mostly taken from under the vehicle showing good details of the diffs, drive shafts and suspension arms as well as the wheels and a couple of shots of the wheel hub on it's own.
Engine Details Pages 130-132
This last section has 4 shots looking into the engine bay without the engine plus 4 walk around shots of the engine out of the vehicle on a maintenance trolly which shows good detail.
Highly recommended 8/10.
Thanks to František of Wings & Wheels Publications for the review book.