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M2 Bradley IFV by DarkWizard83 M2 Bradley IFV by DarkWizard83
The Bradley was first designed in the 1960s as replacement for the M113 APC, and as a counter to the newly developed Soviet BMP-1, the world's first infantry fighting vehicle. Like the BMP, the M2 was equipped with a heavy main gun - in this case a rapid-firing chaingun capable of destroying or at the very least crippling tanks - as well as a twin TOW anti-tank missile launcher. It also provided firing ports for the six infantrymen carried inside, and is protected by significant amounts of armor for an armored personnel carrier - yet has no problem keeping pace with the M1 Abrams battle tank. Since its introduction in 1981, the Bradley has spawned a number of variants, including the M3 Cavalry fighting vehicle, M6 Linebacker SAM system, and has served as the chassis for the MLRS rocket launcher.

However, despite its current success, the M2 suffered some significant development problems. Design of the machine was incredibly slow and extrodinarily expensive, and the early prototypes were plagued with numerous mechanical and safety problems - a series of mishaps and subsequent infighting that has been chronicled in Lt. Col. James Burton's book The Pentagon Wars, which later became a TV movie starring Kelsey Grammer. While the additionof the chaingun and TOW launcher gave the Bradley greater firepower and thus greater mission flexibility, it severely curtailed the number of troops that could be carried. And in the first Gulf War, the vehicle's profile was so similar to the BMPs it was meant to challenge that nearly twenty were lost to friendly fire.

Today, operations in Iraq have demonstrated that the M2 is still vulnerable to mobility attacks by RPGs and roadside bombs. However, crew and passenger casualties have extremely light, a testament to the Bradley's armor protection.

M2 Bradley IFV Vehicle Stats:
Type: Infantry fighting vehicle
Manufacturer: United Defense LP
First deployed: 1981

Crew: 3 + 6 passengers
Length: 6.55 m
Width: 3.61 m
Height: 2.98 m
Weight: 25 tons

Armor: Classified
Armament, primary: 1 x 25mm Bushmaster M242 chain gun
Armament, secondary: 1 x 7.62mm FN-Browning M240 machinegun, 2 x Hughes BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile launcher
Ammo stowage, primary: 900 rounds
Ammo stowage, secondary: 2,200 rounds 7.62mm, 7 TOW missiles

Powerplant: Cummins VTA-903T 500hp turbocharged 8-cylinder water-cooled diesel engine
Max speed: 66 km/h
Max range: 483km

Operators: Saudi Arabia and USA
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BloodRavens1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
i call that apc
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hardscout70 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I was a 24th Inf. Div. Cav Scout in Desert Storm. We were the first to actually battle test the Bradley; she proved her worth for sure. As for the drowning reports, there are crew drills designed to save the crew in case of such a situation; however, they do not always work the way we want them to. It is not a design flaw by any means. After Desert Storm, a group of civilians interviewed us to determine if we could recommend any structural changes. The one most mentioned was the gunner's hatch. All in all, the Bradley was an experience I will not forget. I cussed it and loved it at the same time. She kept me alive and that is more than I can ask for. hlc
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MarkSYNTHESIS Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
'The Pentagon Wars' is a fun, hilarious movie (if not entirely accurate, I'm sure).

Very good photograph anyway. Other than the fact that I think it was intended as a counter to the BMP-2 rather than the BMP-1 (they both have similar main guns), great work!
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DOGZOVWAR81 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was a M2A2 ODS gunner for 4 years (one in the sandbox) and I have to say it is a fine machine, and it sure beat the hell out of doing the job on foot!
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militarybarraks Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
can i have one :ashamed:
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xDSL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
For what are this two black stripes on the side? These stripes are also on an Abrams tank sometimes. I mean these arrow stripes.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Heh, the Bradley has come a long way since that look. I don't believe we even use this particular model type anymore.
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Sablelieger Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2006
Yep, even the gun ports are covered, which is a modification done after the Army deemed the gun ports/M231 Port Guns as uneccesary.

I remember seeing those models back in 1992, when I first joined the US Army (24th ID (M))
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2006
Damn, 24th Mechanized? Dude, I had a Drill in 98 who was in that unit in Desert Storm. Course by that time the unit was shut down. And then they brought it back in like...2000 or something. Typical Army.

Anyways, I wonder if they are regretting not having gun ports now in Iraq.
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Wisker Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Mechanised infantry. What my country will never have. =(
Bradleys are fucking cool.
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