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|M2A3/M3A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle|
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle was designed to transport a squad of infantry around the battlefield as well as to conduct scouting missions. The Bradley's weaponry allows it to support of mounted and dismounted infantry and defeat enemy tanks. The Bradley also has good cross country speed and is able to keep up with the M1 Abrams MBT.
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle currently come in two varients, the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the M3 Calvary Fighting Vehicle. The M2 Bradley's role is to safely transport infantry to the battlefield, provide firepower for it's dismounted infantry, and to destroy any enemy tanks and other vehicles that threaten it's infantry.
The Bradley's main armanent is the single barreled M242 25mm Bushmaster Chain Gun. The gun has an integrated dual-feed mechanism that allows the gunner to change ammo types with a flick of a switch. Either armor piercing or high explosive ammunition may be carried. The gunner can fire individual rounds or in bursts. The gun has a firing rate of 200 rounds per minuet and a range of 2000 meters. In addition to the 25mm gun the Bradley also mounts a M240C 7.62mm machine gun to the right of the Bushmaster, for use against unarmored targets.
For use against enemy tanks the Bradley carries two ready to fire TOW Anti-Tanks Missiles. The launcher is mounted on the left side of the turret. To fire the missiles the Bradley must be stopped, unlike the guns which can be fired while on the move. After the missiles are fired, the launcher is reloaded by the infantry inside. A special hatch provides protection while the launcher is being reloaded. The TOW missile has a range of 4 km and can destroy any armored vehicle with deadly accuracy.
The M3 Calvary Fighting Vehicle uses the same chasis as the M2 IFV, with some internal differences. Designed as a calvary/scout vehicle and carries a pair of scouts, additional radios, ammunition and missiles. The only visible difference between the M2 and the M3 is the lack of firing ports on the M3.
The M2A3 and M3A3 have recieved many computer upgrades over older models and can transmit, recieve, store, and display digital messages. They also have improved automation and fire control systems, with a second generation FLIR. A GPS navigation systems has also been installed to enhance situational awareness. The Bradley is constructed from welded aluminum with suplimental laminate armor in critical locations. Later models from M2A2 on have additional steel applique armor added with provision for 105 explosive reactive tiles. The added armor systems help protect the Bradley from ballistic ammunition and shaped charges. The Bradley has proven to be a successful vehicle and has been widley exported.
Vehicle Type: Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Crew: Pilot, Gunner & Commander
Passengers: M2: 6 M3: 2
Manufacturer: United Defense, Limited Partnership
Country of Origin: United States of America
Used By: Many
Average Unit Cost: 3.16M USD
MDC BY LOCATION:
(1) Main Body 150
(2) Turret 70
25 mm Chain Gun 25
Missile Launcher 35
(3) Tracks (2) 60 each
Headlights (2) 2 each
- (1) Destruction of the main body will shut the unit down completely. Missiles do half damage as long as more than half the MDC exists. If MDC is below half missiles do full damage.
- (2) If the Turret is destroyed then all of the weapons will be destroyed as well. In addition the interior of the AFV will be exposed.
- (3) Destruction of the tracks will immobilise the vehicle.
- GROUND MOVEMENT:
- 45 mph
- GROUND MOVEMENT:
- 4 mph
- (1) It takes 30 minutes to set up the water barrier on older models and 15 minutes to inflate the pontoons on later models.
- 9ft 9in.
- 10ft 6in
- 21ft 2in.
- 50,000 lbs
- OPERATIONAL RANGE:
- 300 miles
- Cargo space available in addition to crew and troops capable of holding small amounts of cargo.
- POWER PLANT:
- Cummins VTA-903T water-cooled 4 cycle diesel.
1. BUSHMASTER 25MM CANNON:
The Bradley's main weapon the 25mm gun is stablised to allow it to fire on the move. The gun has a dual feed mechanism and the gunner can change ammo type by flicking a switch.
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Anti-Vehicle
- SECONDARY PURPOSE: Anti-personnel
- RANGE: 2000 m
- DAMAGE: HE: 2D6x10 SDC/ 1.2 MD per round. A short burst does 2D6+2 MD, a long burst does 3D10 MD, and a full melee burst does 1D6x10 MDC AP: 3D6x10 SDC/ 1.8 MD per round. A short burst does 2D10+2 MD, a long burst does 1D4x10+5 MD, and a full melee burst does 2D4x10+10 MD
- RATE OF FIRE: 4 short bursts, 2 long, or 1 full melee burst.
- PAYLOAD: 600 HE rounds and 900 AP rounds. 50 rounds are fired on a full melee burst., 25 on a long burst, and 12 on a short burst.
Critical hit on a roll of 19 and 20 for high explosive rounds. Armor Piercing rounds hace a critical hit on a roll of 18-20.
2. TOW II ANTI-TANK MISSILES: (2) The TOW, (Tube-Launched Optically Tracked Wire-Guided,) Missile System is primarily used in antitank warfare, and is a command to line of sight, wire-guided weapon. The system will operate in all weather conditions which has been in use since 1970. The TOW system has had numerous improvements during its time including a thermal beacon guidance system enabling the gunner to more easily track a target at night and giving a bonus to hit targets.
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Anti-Tank
- SECONDARY PURPOSE: Anti-Vehicle
- RANGE: 4km
- DAMAGE: 1D4x100 M.D.
- BLAST RADIUS: 5 feet.
- RATE OF FIRE: One per tube (takes 5 rounds to change
each used launcher)
- PAYLOAD: 1 round per tube, total of tube. (4 spare
missiles held within the M2A3 and 12 in the M3A3.)
- NOTE: +1 to hit
3. M240 7.62MM MACHINE GUN:
Fitted to the turret of the AFV is a Machine Gun for anti-personnel use. An ammo hopper sits on the side of the machine gun allowing the weapon to be quickly reloaded compared to belt-fed machine guns.
- PRIMARY PURPOSE: Anti-Tank
- RANGE: 2.33 miles (3,750 metres)
- DAMAGE: 5D6 S.D.C.
- RATE OF FIRE: 20 rounds per burst. Rate of fire equal
to the pilot's combined number of attacks
- PAYLOAD: 1340-3600 rounds
STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLE:
- OPTICAL SIGHTS/PERISCOPES: The crew have seven periscopes providing 360° observation.
- LASER TARGETING SYSTEM: Range: 10 miles (16 km).
- OPTICS: INFRARED/NIGHTVISION: Range: 2000 feet (610m). The gunner's station has an optical sight and is also fitted with an electro-optical day/night thermal sight
- GPS SYSTEM: The APC is fitted with a GPS Navigation system for navigation and location mapping.
- RADIO COMMUNICATION: Long range, directional communications system with satellite relay capabilities. Range: 600 miles (960 km) or can be boosted indefinitely via satellite relay.
- NBC LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM: The APC is sealed against Nuclear, Biological and Chemical attacks and able to sustain crew and passengers and remain fully operational for up to 48 hours.
- CAMOUFLAGE WEBBING: Carried on the exterior of the APC is camouflage webbing sufficient to cover the entire AFV.
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