Bradley

Overview

Bradley

The Bradley infantry fighting vehicle comes in two variants which are very similar. The M2 is a straight mechanised infantry fighting vehicle whereas the M3 is a specialised reconnaissance type for armoured cavalry etc. Bradley developed at a time when the limitations of the earlier M113 armoured personnel carrier were becoming increasingly apparent in Vietnam. This led to temporary upgrades to enable troops to fight from a vehicle designed as a straight battle taxi, which were never entirely satisfactory. Coupled with the introduction of the heavy armoured Soviet BMP design and the need for a new scout/reconnaissance vehicle, which could be based on a common design, and we have the genesis of the Bradley.

Despite some widespread but ill informed criticism of the protection afforded by the vehicle, the design proved sound and like its contemporary the British Warrior, was vindicated in the two Gulf Wars. Unlike Warrior however, Bradley was designed to be able to fire on the move and initially for the infantry to fire their own weapons from the vehicle. This capability has since been downgraded to a couple of firing ports on the rear doors. Bradley also has built in TOW missile launching capability and so can defend itself against opposing main battle tanks.

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