Bradley Fleet to Receive Further Enhanced-Capability Reactive Armor Sets


Released on Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Iraq
United States of America
M2A2 Bradley
ARDEC - Army's Armament Research Development and Engineering Center
RPG - Rocket Propelled Grenade
The US Army's TACOM/ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal in Picatinny, New Jersey, has ordered 130 enhanced-capability reactive armor sets for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle system. The contract awarded to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is worth $23.4 million, and could reach $46.7 million with options to be concluded with contract definitization.

This contract comes after positive experience gained during the last military operations in Iraq and the urgent need for a critical safety improvement effort in support of the global war on terrorism. The reactive armor package has been tested in Iraq and the US Army assessment shows up that Bradley fighting vehicles equipped with such equipment are more survivable than vehicles without reactive armor.

The reactive armor package being provided to Bradley fighting vehicles is made up of 96 tiles that fasten to the exterior of the vehicles (below, US Army M2A2 equipped with reactive armor currently deployed in Iraq). The sides, the turret and the front of the vehicle are covered with these tiles capable of withstand the direct hit of a rocket propelled grenade (RPG), which is a very usual weapon in Iraq and other parts of the world featuring regional conflicts.

The US Army expects the enhanced-capability reactive armor saving US Army's crew lives in the foreseeable future when deployed in regional conflicts where RPG and similar weapons are the main threat facing armored units. Several M2A2 Bradley fighting vehicles deployed in Iraq are already equipped with enhanced-capability reactive armor sets. In addition to anti-armor munitions, road-side bombing is another threat that these vehicles face in Iraq in a daily basis.

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