Mobile Gun System (MGS)
General Dynamics Land Systems
The 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, received its
complement of Mobile Gun System (MGS) vehicles in July. They are the
first vehicles to be fielded in the Army. The MGS vehicles to equip the Stryker brigades. The 21 ton
otherwise similar to other Stryker armored fighting vehicles. There will be three MGS
assigned to each infantry company.
The MGS uses a Stryker chassis fitted with a low profile turret that
mounts a 105mm gun, 12.7mm Heavy machine gun and 7.62 light machine gun.
controlled from inside the vehicle.
The gun is a modified version of the 105mm used on old
M-60 and M-1 tanks. The new gun uses an autoloader, and carries 18
rounds of ammunition, including armor piercing discarding sabbot (APFSDS),
using a depleted uranium penetrator that can take out most tanks), HEAT
(anti-tank, using a shaped charge, like ATGMs and RPGs), HEP (a high
explosive round that either blows a hole through thick walls, or causes
concrete or metal to come—at high speed off the inside of the wall) and
canister (like a shotgun shell). The most useful round in Iraq would be
HEP and SABOT, for blasting buildings or bunkers the enemy is in. The
vehicle carries 400 rounds for the 12.7mm machine-gun and 3,500 for the
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September 4, 2006