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The Indian military is evaluating several variants of the Stryker armored fighting vehicle, with a particular focus on the M1256A1 equipped with Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). This news comes after a demonstration at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in May 2023 showcased the M1256A1’s capabilities.

The M1256A1 is an upgrade to the standard M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV). It boasts an improved Double-V Hull A1 (DVH-A1) design for enhanced blast protection and a suite of advanced weaponry. The co-production proposal includes both the Stryker ICV and Javelin ATGMs, potentially offering India domestic manufacturing alongside the acquisition of these powerful military assets.

The Javelin is a man-portable, fire-and-forget missile system known for its effectiveness against heavily armored vehicles. Integrating Javelins onto the Stryker ICV would provide Indian troops with a significant advantage on the battlefield. Soldiers can engage enemy armor from within the relative safety of the Stryker, thanks to the Javelin’s remote launch capability.

The co-production proposal signifies a potential strategic partnership between India and the United States. This collaboration could benefit both nations: India would gain access to advanced military technology and domestic manufacturing capabilities, while the US would strengthen its defense ties with a key regional partner.