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New hybrid, maneuverable and lighter Bradley armored vehicle goes to US Army

WASHINGTON, (BM) – British company BAE Systems will modernize the American Bradley fighting vehicles [BVS], learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the company statement.

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Under the terms of an agreement with the US Army, the company must equip combat vehicles with hybrid propulsion systems. It is anticipated that such an improvement will make Bradley maneuverable, lighter and more economical.

Bradley, put into service in 1981, is a universal tracked platform of military equipment, on the basis of which infantry fighting vehicles, reconnaissance, command and some other vehicles are produced.

Bradley weighs about 28 tons with a length of 6.6 meters, a width of 3.6 meters and a height of 3 meters. The armored vehicle is capable of moving at speeds up to 56 kilometers per hour for a distance of up to 400 kilometers.

The Bradley combat vehicle is powered by a 600 horsepower Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine. The machine’s transmission is made in a single block with the engine and has three fixed gears forward and one backward. The gear shift is automatic.

The drive from the engine is carried out to the front wheels with a pinned track engagement. Sloths with hydraulic track tensioning mechanism are located at the rear.

Under the terms of an agreement with the US Army, BAE Systems will have to create a redesigned Bradley prototype that will replace the diesel propulsion system with a hybrid with electric drive wheels.

Details on the composition of the hybrid propulsion system have not been specified. At BAE Systems, they said that such a facility would allow for abandoning a heavy hydromechanical control system in favor of a lighter and more reliable wiring system.

Upon successful completion of prototype testing, all Bradley will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system.

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Last spring, the US Army announced a tender for the development of an optionally controlled combat vehicle, which in the future will be able to replace the obsolete Bradley in the troops. The new vehicles will have to operate in combat conditions both under the control of the crew and without it.

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