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NEWS | Jan. 25, 2022

Combat Vehicles: 2021 Year-in-Review

Combat Vehicles: 2021 Year in Review

2nd Cavalry Regiment Battle Group Poland, Stryker armored vehicles sit in the motor pool in Orzysz, Poland
Photo by Charles Rosemond

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Another year, another 525,600 minutes of preventive maintenance. Although it’s hard to pinpoint a definitive trend when it comes to maintenance issues among combat vehicle fleets in 2021, one clear trend was the need to improve combat readiness through improved preventive maintenance.     
        
This trend was particularly true with the Strykers fleet, which has had recent issues with batteries and vehicle fires. PS Magazine published a series of Stryker-related articles in 2021 focused on getting back to the basics of preventive maintenance. Here’s a list of them:
   
The Stryker articles about preventing fires and charging system diagnostics and troubleshooting were two of the most read articles in the combat vehicles category on our website in 2021.
        
The M1A2 SEPv3 tank is being fielded to units now. As with any new system, there are immediate lessons that need to be learned to keep the vehicle in tip-top shape. Below are a couple articles PS published the past year:
          
In 2022, PS Magazine will publish the latest maintenance info on the new variant when it becomes available.
        
Older vehicles like the M113A3 FOV and M60/M48-Series AVLB require a lot of attention to keep them operating. PS had them covered, as well:
          
Safety is always a top issue, which is why PS Magazine devotes a lot of effort to keeping Soldiers informed about ways to prevent injuries and damage to equipment. The automatic fire extinguishing system (AFES) found in many vehicles is a frequent topic in PS and 2021 was no exception:
   
Turning in line replaceable units (LRUs) is also a frequent hot topic. PS brought you the latest info to help units avoid turning in LRUs that are actually serviceable, thus helping to save money:
          
Whatever the maintenance issue is, you can count on PS Magazine to bring you the latest and most accurate info available in 2022 and beyond!
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