BAE Systems established itself as a leader in the supply of armored vehicles with the award of a new contract valued at more than 190 million dollars for the upgrade of the Bradley A4.
Contact Details and Strategic Locations
With this new agreement, BAE Systems will take over the continued production of the Bradley A4, including more than 70 units of M2A4 infantry fighting vehicles and M7A4 fire support vehicles. This news follows previous awards made in August and November 2022.
Operations under this contract will take place at key facilities, including the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas, and other BAE Systems production sites located in Aiken, South Carolina; Anniston, Alabama; Minneapolis, Minn.; San Jose, Calif.; Sterling Heights, Michigan, and York, Pennsylvania.
It is essential to mention that the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV), initially developed by FMC Corporation and now produced by BAE Systems Land & Armaments, represents one of the most reliable and versatile armored fighting vehicle platforms in the United States.
History and Capabilities of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle
Named after US General Omar Bradley, the Bradley was designed primarily to transport infantry or scouts with high armor protection. Simultaneously, this vehicle can provide covering fire, thus suppressing enemy troops and armored vehicles. Different variants of the Bradley have been generated, most notably the M2 Bradley and the M3 Bradley infantry fighting and reconnaissance vehicles.
Following Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the M2A2 model underwent significant upgrades. These adaptations were based on actual experiences and lessons learned in combat during the first Gulf War.
Dan Furber, director of ground vehicle production at BAE Systems, said, “The Bradley is a crucial vehicle for today’s armored brigade combat teams because it allows the Army to transport troops into combat while also providing ground fire. Cover to suppress enemy vehicles and troops.
Crucial Upgrades to the M2A4 Bradley
The M2A4 upgrades, derived from the Operation Desert Storm M2A2 model, are embedded in the Army’s modernization strategy. These adaptations seek to ensure the total preparation of the ABCT forces. Specifically, the Bradley A4 includes substantial improvements in mobility, thanks to an increase in engine power, essential for quick reactions in adverse combat situations.
Additionally, improvements have been made to the vehicle’s survivability. Advanced fire suppression components and improvised explosive device jamming systems have been incorporated, minimizing the probability of system detection on the battlefield.
One of the most relevant additions is its updated computer system. This improves the situational awareness of the troops and, together with the on-board diagnostic systems, allows greater detection and isolation of faults, ensuring the operational continuity of the vehicle in combat situations.