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26 Feb 09. General Dynamics Canada was showing off new developments for its LAV III vehicle at AUSA for the Canadian and Australian Requirements. These upgrades are also being fielded into the U.S. Army’s Stryker fleet. The Company has increased the mine protection levels to a level where one vehicle has been tested and received 5 hits from an 8kg charge without penetrating the hull. MOWAG has developed a new suspension to enable the vehicle to carry 55,000lbs with a view to making this 60,000ibs onto the U.S. Strykers. BATTLESPACE asked GD Canada the difference between the UK Requirement for Piranha 5 and the US upgrades for Stryker and whether Stryker would suit the UK. GD told BATTLESPACE that Stryker had now thousands of battlefield operational hours under its belt and these enhancements make it the best in breed of the Stryker family. The UK Requirement demanded a larger crew cabin which means more weight, more armour and more exposure to attack. There is no reason that Stryker could not be offered for the UK Requirement straight off the Canadian production line. GDS also showed its new Stryker Maintenance Recovery (SMRV) vehicles which was built in 3 months, ordered by the U.S. Army and Canada. The SMRV has 3 primary crew with 2 options. GD also showed its new Recovery Trailer which can hoist a full Stryker hull off the battlefield when it has been rendered unroadworthy.