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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 M6 Linebacker has been designed to provide short range air defense capability to armored front-line units. It is a derivative of the combat proven M2 Bradley. The turret mounted TOW missiles launcher has been replaced by a 4 Stinger missiles launcher. The sentinel radar target acquisition system has been provided to the M6 Linebacker.
The M6 Linebacker retains the Bushmaster 25mm gun and the 7.62mm machine gun associated with the M2 Bradley. The 4-man crew can conduct an surface-to-air engagement under armor and on the move.
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