US 2nd SBCT fired Javelin missile from Stryker’s roof-mounted CROWS-J

WASHINGTON — The US Army 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team [WarHorse Brigade], 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colorado successfully launched a Javelin missile from a rooftop Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station [CROWS-J] mounted on an infantry fighting vehicle [IFV] Stryker. Known by her nickname ‘WarHorse Brigade’, 2nd SBCT boasted about the test on her official Twitter account.

US 2nd SBCT fired Javelin missile from Stryker's roof-mounted CROWS-J
Photo: Twitter

“It’s history in the making, 2SBCT, @ 4thInfDiv is now the most lethal Stryker formation in the @USArmy with the CROWS-J,” the 2nd SBCT wrote.

The launch of the Javelin missile from the CROWS-J stabilization station is important because it is equipped with sensors controlled by fire control software. In this way, CROWS-J remotely fired the Javelin missile from the Stryker IFV war machine.

However, this is not Javelin’s first test on Stryker. Nearly four years ago, in 2018, it was carried out by the US 2nd Cavalry Regiment deployed to Europe, but on a version of the turret M153. In this way, CROWS received an addition to its acronym, namely CROWS-J. The plans of the US Army to have all Stryker brigades with increased combat capability, by integrating 30mm guns on one part of the vehicles and CROWS-J on the other, also date from this period.

CROWS-J, Javelin and Stryker

CROWS is a weapon system that can be mounted on a variety of vehicles. After it became clear that it allows the integration of Javelin missiles into the system, the other weapons equipment of the system consists of a Mk 19 grenade launcher, a 12.7 mm M2 .50 caliber machine gun, a 7.62 mm M240B machine gun, and a 5.56 mm automatic weapon. M249 Squad.

CROWS can rotate 360 ​​degrees as well as rise at different angles: from -20 ° to + 60 °. CROWS has a gyro-stabilized system. It has integrated daytime and thermal cameras, a laser rangefinder, and ballistic correction.

FGM-148 Javelin or Advanced Anti-Tank Weapon System-Medium [AAWS-M] has been in service from 1996 to the present day. This is an American anti-tank missile manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Participation in several wars since 1996 has been documented. It is in service in 22 countries. It consists of a 127 mm rocket, which has a different range: from 2,500 m to 5,000 meters. The warhead is a tandem-charge HEAT and weighs just over 8 kg. Javelin’s blast yield is penetration: 750 mm + RHA and 600 mm + RHA behind ERA

US 2nd SBCT fired Javelin missile from Stryker's roof-mounted CROWS-J
Photo: Twitter

Stryker is an eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle that has been in service since 2002. Surprisingly, it is currently in service in only two countries: the United States and Thailand. However, there have been requests to buy Stryker from Argentina, northern Macedonia, and Chile. The striker is powered by a Caterpillar C7 engine that provides 350 hp [260 kW]. This guarantees a top speed of 97 km / h. With one refueling of the fuel tank, Stryker travels 500 km.


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