The U.S. Army announced that its unit has received Humvee and Stryker modified to resemble Russian-made military vehicles.
The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, better known as Blackhorse Regiment, has received surrogates of the Russian BTR-87 armored personnel carriers and Tigr armored utility vehicles.
“These vehicles allow the Regiment to replicate the capabilities of near-peer armored personnel carriers, highly mobile recon vehicles and self-propelled artillery,” the Regiment said on Twitter.
Russian-looking Humvees were equipped with visual modification kits to resemble Tigr armored utility vehicleіs and Strykers, in turn, modified to look like an upgraded new variant of the BTR-87 is fitted with the 32V01 remote-controlled weapon station.
The kits serve as a cost-effective alternative to actual combat vehicles.
High-fidelity surrogates are necessary to provide training in cognitive skills to Soldiers. New advancements in technology require these surrogates to be signature accurate to assist in training.