In an essential step forward for combat preparedness and operational readiness, soldiers from two U.S. Army brigades have begun testing the Stryker Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrades (SSU).

The test, executed under real-world conditions in West Fort Cavazos, Texas, underscores the U.S. military’s commitment to adapt and innovate in response to diverse threats on the battlefield.

The Significance of the Stryker SSU

The Stryker SSU is a prime example of integrating modern technology into traditional combat vehicles. The primary role of the SSU is to support warfighters by conducting NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) surveys on the battlefield. 

This Stryker variant, equipped with a state-of-the-art CBRN detection system, locates explicitly, identifies, and reports NBC contamination efficiently. It provides commanders with crucial information in real-time.

Platoon Leader Highlights the Importance of the Test

1st Lt. Kassi Gulliford, the platoon leader of a RECCE (reconnaissance) Platoon from the 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, remarked on the value of the exercise for her unit. According to Gulliford, the test offers her platoon a unique chance to sharpen their focus on vital wartime collective tasks. 

It includes mounted CBRN reconnaissance and surveillance, which are paramount in today’s volatile battle environments.

“Engaging in hands-on training with actual CBRN simulants not only elevates our operational readiness but also boosts the confidence of our troops as a mounted RECCE platoon,” stated Gulliford.

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Joseph Scheerer from the USAOTC’s Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate was pivotal as the Test Officer overseeing the exercise.