Bradley’s US infantry vehicle failed the tests

WASHINGTON, (BM) – One of the American infantry symbols, Bradley IFV, failed tests performed during a routine field test in Texas, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, quoting Gazeta.ru and Defense News. This new version of Bradley is Bradley M2A4.

Bradley's US infantry vehicle failed the tests
Bradley M2A4, Photo credit: Defense Post

Military engineers have detected the presence of toxic gases in the tower of the machine. This problem changed the US military’s plans to begin operational work with the renewed Bradley. Analysts say that in 2022 at the earliest, Americans will have this machine.

The problem came with overheating of the batteries that are connecting to a new test charger. However, the new device does not provide a voltage regulator. In this way, the old batteries overheated, and this overheated formed the release of toxic gas in the infantry machine’s combat compartment.

The US military commented that such a phenomenon poses a severe threat to their troops. Therefore the tests had to be stopped, and the Pentagon notified of the problem. Bradley’s design office commented that the new equipment is expecting in the middle of this year. However, this means that they will reintegrate and test again.

Bradley Updates

As mentioned above, the new Bradley M2A4 infantry machine expects to enter service next year. But the device already has several new updates.

First of all, Bradley’s power is significantly increasing – 675 horsepower with a diesel engine. These engines have eight cylinders and a new HMPT-800-3ECB transmission. The Americans have high hopes for this transmission, allowing Bradley to has an active vehicle protection system made by Israeli company Elbit systems.

New shock absorbers, suspension, and rigid torsion bars are also part of the latest update. According to engineers, they will allow the American machine to be much more mobile than the previous version. Bradley will also have a network communication structure, satellite and navigation system, and the third generation thermal imaging sights.

Bradley’s future

Despite the updates, the Bradley Infantry Machine has no rosy future. During the fiscal year, the White House cut Bradley’s modification budget. The US military expects to decide soon on which new infantry vehicles will replace Bradley. Military experts say that uncrewed robotic infantry vehicles are the future of the US Army.

Last year, the United States conducted a series of tests on such armored vehicles, and the results were more than impressive. Even then, it was hinted to the press and those interested in Bradley’s future that the new robotic autonomous machines were the US military’s future.

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