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BAE Systems Bradley Fighting Vehicle - Military Power

The Finest Combat Vehicle System in the World

Feb 14, 2014
Photographers: Courtesy of BAE Systems
The family of Bradley Fighting Vehicles is often regarded as the finest combat vehicle system in the world. Its impressive firepower, mobility, and survivability work together to keep our soldiers safe and give them the power to dominate the enemy no matter how severe the terrain, temperature, or threat.
Entering service in 1981, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle was named for General Omar Nelson Bradley, who served as a brigadier general and major for the United States in World War II. Bradley led forces in North Africa and Sicily, and later commanded American forces in the 1944 D-Day invasion. There are two main versions of the Bradley: the M2 and M3. The M2’s primary purpose is to provide transportation for troops into battle, while the M3 is designed to battle enemy tanks and for use in performing reconnaissance. Through the years, the Bradley vehicles received a secondary designation as changes were made, with the A3 model being the most recent variant, entering service in 2000.
Similar to a tank, the Bradley is a tracked vehicle with six dual-tired road wheels and three track-return rollers on each side. Designed to cross any terrain, including water, the vehicle can transition to amphibious mode in about five minutes. The newest Bradley models, the M2A3 and M3A3, have an inflatable pontoon that is fitted to the front and sides of the vehicle. Its tracks propel it through the water at a top speed of roughly 4 mph.
Photo 2/5   |   Bradley A3 A2 Ods Sa Tank
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle’s main armament is an ATK Ammunition Systems 25mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun. The M242 has a single barrel with an integrated dual-feed mechanism. Gunners can select single or multiple shot modes with a rate of fire of up to 500 rounds a minute and can fire both explosive and armor-piercing ammunition. An M240C 7.62mm machine gun is mounted to the right of the Bushmaster. In addition, they are fitted with BGM-71 TOW II anti-tank missiles. The twin-tube TOW launcher is mounted on the left side of the turret.
Providing power is a turbocharged and intercooled Cummins VTA-903T V-8 diesel engine, which has been upgraded over the years to produce 600 hp in A3 models, which provides for a top speed of 38 mph. Backing up the Cummins engine is an HMPT-500 automatic transmission built by Allison, which gives operators a choice of three speed ranges.
A3 model Bradley vehicles have been upgraded with modern technology not available when they were introduced in the 1980s. Enhanced armor protection includes the Bradley Urban Survivability Kit (BUSK), roof fragmentation protection, and armored tiles protecting squad ventilation ports. Vehicles receive a new digital architecture with programmable displays that readily accept new technology advancement. An increased driver field of vision aids in urban combat maneuverability, while situational awareness is further enhanced by an integrated Inertial Navigation System. Full ballistic fire control, aided dual-target tracking, automatic gun target adjustment, and automatic bore sighting enhance lethality. After Desert Storm, an eye-safe laser rangefinder, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) computer system were also added to the fleet.
MIL-SPEC: Bradley A3/A2 ODS-SA
Manufacturer: BAE Systems
Height: 130 inches
Width: 129 inches
Length: 258 inches
Ground clearance: 15 inches
Combat weight: 75,500 pounds
Personnel capacity: Up to 10
Armament: 25mm M242 Bushmaster cannon, TOW II missile system, and a 7.62mm M240C machine gun
A3/A2 ODS fuel capacity: 155 gallons
A2 ODS-SA fuel capacity: 175 gallons
Top Speed: 38 mph
Cruising range: 250 miles
Turning radius: Pivot to infinite
Slope: 60 percent
Side slope: 40 percent
Trench crossing: 100 inches
Vertical wall crossing: 36 inches
Engine: Cummins VTA-903T600
Type: 90-degree V-8, water-cooled, turbocharged, air-to-air intercooled
Displacement: 14.8L
Bore: 5½ inches
Stroke: 4¾ inches
Horsepower: 600 hp
Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
Transmission: Allison HMPT-500-3SEC automatic


BAE Systems
Rockville, MD 20850



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