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Origin: United States of America
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Description: The armored, fully tracked M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle was designed to provide mobile protected transport to an infantry squad within the battlefield. In addition the M2 also provides fire support to dismounted troops and anti-tank/anti-bunker capability through its two turret mounted TOW missiles. The Bradley fighting vehicle family is powered by a single turbo-diesel engine rated at 600-hp. It features high mobility, amphibious capability, and a maximum road speed of 72 km/h. The Bradley also has improved armor, mobility and survivability than its predecessor the M113. Typically the Bradley armored vehicles complement the Abrams main battle tanks.
The M2 Bradley turret-mounted armament consists of a M242 25mm Bushmaster gun, a M240C 7.62mm machine gun and two TOW anti-tank missiles mounted in the turret left side arm. The M242 gun has a maximum range of 2,000 meters and can fire different ammunition specially developed for every mission profile. Typically, the Bushmaster gun fires 25mm M793 cartridges and M793 TP-T (target practice-traced) and M910TPDS-T (target practice discarding sabot-traced) cartridges. The TOW missile provides an engagement range of about 4 kilometers against armored vehicles and fortifications.
The US Army M2A5 Bradley is a future variant that may enter service in 2026 carrying either more troops and/or provided with greater firepower through the addition of new weapon systems. The M2A5 improvements may include a larger hull to accommodate more troops (eight troops instead of seven) as well as improved connectivity and protection against emerging threats. The M2A5 is expected to incorporate additional add-on armor kits as well as active protection systems (APS) to counter incoming rockets and missiles. The new Bradley may leverage some solutions developed for the AMPV program and would weight below 40 tons. The re-designed turret of the M2A5 will be equipped with the XM813 Bushmaster II 30mm cannon with 180 rounds. Besides, the new Bradley may feature new weaponry to improve the performance of the combat vehicle in urban warfare scenarios.
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