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
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.
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
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