US received newest Bradley M2A4 with 25mm cannon and TOW ATM
WASHINGTON — The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army have started receiving an updated version of the US-made infantry fighting vehicle – Bradley M2A4. Deliveries are made by BAE Systems, and the first photos of the new Bradley M2A4 at Fort Stewart, Georgia have already appeared on social networks. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that in mid-January the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team began receiving the new long-awaited Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.
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The Bradley IFV crawler has been in service with the US Army since 1981. In all the years in which US troops have participated in hostilities, including those in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bradley IFV has been an integral part of armaments abroad. Bradley IFV is designed to transport infantry and reconnaissance units. It is characterized by mobility and off-road capability.
Despite an updated version of the Bradley M2A4 over the next few years, the United States will replace the US Infantry’s flagship with a completely new vehicle under the AMPV program, redeveloped and manufactured by BAE Systems.
As for the two infantry divisions that received the updated version of the Bradley M2A4, they are the heart of the US infantry. The structure of the divisions includes 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment “Mustang”, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment “Hounds of Hell”, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment “China”, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment “Battlekings”, 9th BEB “Gila”, and the 703rd BSB “Maintain”.
The war in Iraq has shown Americans and M2 Bradley manufacturers that armored vehicle needs significant changes. BAE Systems engineers need to be able to find solutions for more power, more space for infantry, better armor and electronics, and better cooling.
BAE Systems has integrated a much more powerful engine into the Bradley M2A4, a 675-horsepower diesel engine. With the new Bradley M2A4 engine it travels at a speed of 66 km / h and maximum mileage of 402 km.
Another problem to be solved was the weight of the armored vehicle. They solved the problem by installing lighter tracks, shock absorbers, a new suspension support system, and heavy torsion bars. This opened the door for BAE Systems to provide the Bradley M2A4 engine with a new transmission driven by an integrated power management system.
Electronics and communications have been replaced and BAE Systems says state-of-the-art solutions are integrated. However, some things remain from previous versions of Bradley. The turret is again for two people, the cannon remains 25mm Bushmaster, as well as the ability to fire anti-tank guided missiles TOW from the weapon system.
The Bradley M2A4 weighs just over 36 tons, accommodates and transports up to 10 soldiers, including the driver, commander, and shooter of the armored vehicle.
BAE Systems is to manufacture and deliver to the US Infantry a total of 164 Bradley M2A4 and M7A4 combat vehicles using the existing M2A3, M7A3, and M2A2 ODS-SA Bradleys. The order was signed on June 14, 2018.
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