US Army took delivery of latest variant of Bradley M2A4 tracked armored IFVs
Posted On Saturday, 05 February 2022 14:17
According to pictures of the U.S. Army published by the Twitter account of Ronkainen on February 5, 2022, BAE Systems has started the delivery of the latest variant of the Bradley tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), the Bradley M2A4, to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.
U.S. Army 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart took delivery of BAE Systems Bradley M2A4 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle. (Picture source US. Army via Twitter account Ronkainen)
The 3rd Infantry Division (nicknamed Rock of the Marne) is a combined arms division of the United States Army based at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team also called "Spartan" 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 Bradley is the standard tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) in service with the U.S. armed forces since 1981. The vehicle is designed to transport infantry or reconnaissance units providing high mobility, firepower, and protection. The M2 Bradley IFV consists of five variants including the M2, M2A1, M2A2, M2A2 ODS (Operation Desert Storm improvements), M2A3, and now the M2A4.
The Bradley M2A4 armored tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) features the latest digitized electronics for optimum situational awareness, network connectivity and communication within the Armored Brigade Combat Team. Bradley A4’s proven durability and commonality of design reduce the logistics burden while enhancing battlefield performance to meet a variety of mission requirements in close combat, urban scenarios, and open combat situations.
The Bradley M2A4 is fitted with a two-man turret and keeps the armament of the previous version of the Bradley family that consists of one Bushmaster 25mm cannon and TOW anti-tank missile system. It has a weight of 36,287 kg and can accommodate up to 10 soldiers including the driver, commander, and gunner. It can run at a maximum road speed of 66 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 402 km. As an IFV, the Bradley M2A4 is able to accommodate up to six infantry soldiers.
The Bradley M2A4 is powered by a Diesel engine developing 675 hp. It can run at a maximum road speed of 66 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 402 km.
Close view of the BAE Systems Bradley M2A4 turret. (Picture source US. Army via Twitter account Ronkainen)