first published on September 4, 2016 by Will
Helmet cam video from the Panjwai district of Helmand province, Afghanistan shows the aftermath of a massive IED blast that targeted Stryker infantry soldiers in 2012.
According to the video description, the camera was turned on unintentionally when it was knocked during the explosion.
Although you will sometimes hear vets speak poorly of the Stryker vehicle, I am here to vouch for its awesomeness. As you can see in this video, the survivability is excellent for a light armored vehicle. I have personally been in a Stryker that was targeted by an IED and have witnessed several get hit.
These were IEDs that would have turned the occupants of an up-armored Humvee into soup, but they survived their wounds. Fickle defense budgets depending… many Strykers are being upgraded to a more blast resistant V-shaped hull.
I think one of the main issues that arise from the Stryker is the complex level of maintenance it takes to keep them in operation. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for this, which means that you need to put one of your best soldiers in the driver’s hatch, unlike some airborne units I have been in, where you put the guys you don’t want clearing houses into the driver seat. If you put a dirtbag in the seat of a Stryker, you have created a recipe for failure.