August 13, 2004: C-17 Globemaster III Passes Feasibility Test

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The C-17 Globemaster III Combined Task Force successfully airdropped an Army Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle equipped with a Mobile Gun System as part of a feasibility test. The 52,500 pound armored vehicle was extracted from the transport some 12 feet above the lakebed.

The Infantry Carrier Vehicle Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicles derived from the Canadian LAV III. Stryker vehicles are produced by General Dynamics Land Systems for the United States Army. It has 4-wheel drive and can be switched to all-wheel drive.  The vehicle is named for two unrelated U.S. soldiers who posthumously received the Medal of Honor: Private First Class Stuart S. Stryker, who died in World War II, and Specialist Four Robert F. Stryker, who died in the Vietnam War.

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