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Ukraine's 47th Brigade equipped with US Bradley M2A2 IFVs set for counteroffensive against Russia



As seen in a video released on the "Praise The Steph" Twitter account on May 6, 2023, the Ukrainian army's 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade has recently been outfitted with M113A3 tracked armored medical evacuation vehicles and Bradley M2A2 tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) donated by the United States.
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The 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian army is now equipped with M113A3 tracked armored medical evacuation vehicles and Bradley M2A2 tracked armored IFVs Infantry Fighting Vehicles. (Picture source Video footage Praise The Steph)


The 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade is a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, responsible for carrying out various military tasks and operations. As a mechanized brigade, it primarily consists of infantry units that are supported by armored vehicles, such as infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and main battle tanks (MBTs).

Recently the United States Department of Defense updated the list of military equipment and combat vehicles donated to Ukraine, currently, Ukraine's armed forces have already received 109 Bradley M2A2 IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) and 300 M113A2 in different configurations.

Since January 2021, the US has dedicated over $36.4 billion towards reinforcing Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity through security aid. This sum encompasses $35.7 billion allocated after Russia initiated an unwarranted and ruthless conflict with Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

In total, the US has offered over $38.5 billion in security support since 2014, aimed at bolstering Ukraine's territorial preservation, border security, and collaboration with NATO through training and equipment provisions.

Prior to the war, the Ukrainian army was primarily outfitted with Russian-made equipment and possessed 1,212 armored infantry fighting vehicles. This included 213 BMP-1s, 890 BMP-2s, and a limited quantity of BMP-3s.

The M113A3 is an improved version of the M113, a tracked Armored Personnel Carrier, which is widely used by various military forces around the world. This iteration features improvements in areas such as engine power, suspension, and armor protection, enhancing the vehicle's overall performance and survivability.

The M113A3 ambulance is specifically designed to transport wounded soldiers from the battlefield to medical facilities. It is equipped with medical equipment and supplies, including a stretcher, oxygen tanks, and other necessary medical gear.

The M113A3 ambulance can accommodate up to four litter patients or eight ambulatory patients, along with a medical attendant. It has a maximum speed of approximately 40 miles per hour and a range of about 300 miles. The vehicle is protected by armor plating and can withstand small arms fire and shrapnel from explosive devices.

The M113A3 ambulance is an important asset for military operations, providing critical medical support to wounded soldiers in the field. Its versatility and mobility make it a valuable tool for medical evacuation in a variety of situations.


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American Bradley M2A2 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicles are now in service with the Ukrainian army. (Picture source Twitter)


The Bradley M2A2, BMP-1, and BMP-2 are infantry fighting vehicles that were introduced into service at distinct periods. The Bradley M2A2 entered service with the U.S. Army in 1988, boasting upgrades in armor protection, mobility, and firepower compared to its predecessor. On the other hand, the BMP-1 joined the Soviet Army's ranks in 1966, while the BMP-2, an improved version, was introduced in 1980.

By adopting the Bradley IFVs, the Ukrainian army would benefit from several advantages compared to their existing BMP-1 and BMP-2 fleet.

The Bradley is considered more modern in terms of combat capabilities compared to the BMP-1 and BMP-2 primarily due to the advancements in technology, armor, and weapon systems that have been incorporated into its design. The Bradley's superior armor protection, which includes spaced laminate armor and steel construction, provides better defense against various threats than the lighter armor of the earlier BMP models. Its 25mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun offers a higher rate of fire and improved armor penetration compared to the BMP-1's 73mm 2A28 Grom and BMP-2's 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon.

The Bradley features a more spacious interior and improved layout, allowing the crew to operate more effectively during extended periods. In contrast, the BMP-1 and BMP-2 are known for their cramped conditions, which can hinder the crew's performance. Its advanced electronics, communication systems, and optics provide superior situational awareness for the crew, helping them make better-informed decisions on the battlefield. The BMP-1 and BMP-2, particularly the older models, have less advanced technology and systems in place.


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