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Also Known As: M3A3 Bradley Fire Support Team Vehicle
Origin: United States of America
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Description: The armored, fully tracked M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle has been 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 2 turret mounted TOW missiles.
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 2 anti-tank TOW missiles mounted in the turret left side. The M242 gun has a maximum range of 2,000 and can fire different ammunition specially developed for every mission profile. The TOW missile provides an engagement range of about 4 km.
The Bradley fighting vehicles are 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.
The M7 BFIST (Bradley Fire Support Team) is a derivative of the combat proven M2 Bradley designed to provide target information and other services supporting indirect fire operations. The M7 evolved from the M2 of the Operation Desert Storm and A3 standards and has a 4-man crew.
M7 BFIST Specifications
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 6
Height: 2.97 meter (117 inch)
Length: 6.45 meter (254 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Width: 3.20 meter (126 inch)
Max Range: 482 kilometer (300 mile)
Power: 600 shp (448 kW)
Top Speed: 62 kph (38.5 mph)
Combat Weight: 27,216 kilogram (60,000 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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