The Stryker MSL is a Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) solution that meets the Army’s emerging operational need to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems and Rotary Wing, Fixed Wing and Cruise Missile threats. This dedicated SHORAD capability adds a new operational dimension to the Stryker fleet. The Stryker MSL utilizes a common Army platform that is cost effective, highly mobile, survivable, sustainable and transportable.
The Stryker MSL is fitted with a Boeing unmanned turret mounted at the rear of the chassis, the original infantrymen compartment is replaced by a cargo area. The turret is armed with four Longbow Hellfires located on the right side and anotherpod with four launchers for Raytheon Stinger short range air defense missile.
Boeing and General Dynamics Land Systems have teamed up to build the new short-range air defense system mounted on a Stryker combat vehicle. The MSL Stryker is essentially made up of a modernized Avenger air defense system on the back of a Stryker reconfigured to accommodate the system on a turret. The Boeing turret is fitted with an organic sensor suite including electro-optical (EO) and infrared sensors with laser range finder and laser designator.
September 16, 2017,the Stryker Maneuver SHORAD Launcher (MSL) has performed test firing off a salvo of Hellfires missile in an undisclosed location in United States, maybe the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.