The announced purchase of LAV-25 light armored reconnaissance vehicals matches the LAV component of four brigades based on the organization of the Iraqi Army's 37th Light Mechanized Brigade. The 37th Brigade operates 98 BTR-80 armored personnel carriers and 35 EE-9 90mm gun armed armored scout cars. The BTR-80s are reportedly under-armed for their role, which explains the LAV-25 purchases.
The LAV-25 is an eight-wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicle based on the same hull as the Stryker family of vehicles. Both the LAV-25 and Stryker are based on the same Mowag Piranha Armored Personnel Carrier hull. Unlike the Stryker reconnaissance version, the LAV-25 is more heavily armed. The LAV-25 has a turreted 25mm chain gun where the Stryker Reconnaissance variant, like the under-armed BTR-80, is equipped with only a heavy machine gun. The Strykers are equipped with more extensive computers and communications than the LAV-25 and its variants.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/11/iraqi_army_planned_l.php#ixzz0TZTj6eQv
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The Iraqi Govt. is Heavy Into Yankee War Pigs
From the Long War Journal: