Report: Senate Puts $371M In Army’s Stryker Vehicle Funds

army vehicleThe Senate has approved a $371 million U.S. Army budget for General DynamicsStryker armored vehicle following the service’s $411 million request to the House amid the continued Russia threat, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that the increase from the initial $79.5 million budget to “upgun” the Stryker works to support efforts to bolster firepower in Europe.

“What we want to do is send a signal that we’re going to protect our allies but not provoke the Russians,” Loren Thompson, an analyst at the Lexington Institute, told Breaking Defense.

Breaking Defense reports General Dynamics will equip the Stryker vehicles with the Medium Caliber Remote Weapons Station, which is a remotely controlled 30-millimeter cannon.

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