The US Army has selected Oshkosh Defense to develop and deliver a 30mm turreted auto-cannon for the Stryker fighting vehicles under the Stryker Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) program.
The contract, which runs until 2027, has a potential worth of $942 million, with the first delivery order covering 91 vehicles for around $130 million.
After first fielding the Dragoon Strykers fitted with a 30mm cannon for testing in Europe in 2017, the army applied lessons learned during the deployment to the MCWS effort.
In May 2019, the army awarded $150K contracts to five companies to integrate the Double V-Hull A1 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles with the XM813 gun.
The army plans to have three brigades equipped with the up-gunned Double V-Hull A1 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles with the new capability.
Oshkosh Defense is teamed with Pratt Miller and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to deliver the MCWS. Oshkosh will integrate a 30mm weapon system based on Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ SAMSON family of turrets onto the ICVVA1 chassis.
The service picked the builder of the MCWS Stryker after deciding to divest all Stryker Mobile Gun Systems earlier this year, due to systemic issues with the system’s dated cannon and automatic loader.