BAE Systems receives modification contract for 159 Bradley M2 A4 tracked IFVs production option
According to a contract released by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) on 25 June 2020, BAE Systems Inc., York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $266,865,094 modification (P00039) to contract W56HZV-18-C-0133 for Bradley A4 Production Option Two, which awards 159 vehicles.
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Bradley M2 A4 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle (Picture source BAE Systems)
The Bradley M2A4 is a modernized version of the Bradley M2 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) which is the backbone of the infantry units of the U.S. Army. It maintains the armament of the previous versions of the Bradley IFV family that includes an ATK Gun Systems Company M242 25 mm Bushmaster Chain Gun with a 7.62 mm M240C machine gun mounted coaxially to the right of the main armament. The left side of the turret is also fitted with two launchers for TOW anti-tank guided missiles.
The Bradley M2A4 is capable of maximizing its acceleration capabilities due to the increased engine horsepower in order to provide rapid movement of the vehicle in reaction to combat or other adverse situations. Enhanced mobility function provides driver with improved situational awareness and mobility functionality status. It has a combat weight of 36,287 kg and can accommodate 10 military personnel including driver, commander and gunner. the Bradley M2A4 can run at a maximum road speed of 66 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 400 km.
The Bradley A4 is also equipped with an enhanced powertrain that maximizes mobility and increases engine horsepower, providing rapid movement in reaction to combat or other adverse situations. Wide-angle Driver’s Vision Enhancer, improved Force XXI Battle Command Bridge and Below (FBCB2) software integration improve friendly and enemy vehicle identification, enhancing situational awareness.