M2A3 Bradley: Rapid Response

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220px-Flag_of_the_United_States_svg.png. M2A3 Bradley: Rapid Response

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An M2A3 Bradley of Apache Troop, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, near Fallujah, Iraq 2004.

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The American M2A3 Bradley with Old Glory.

  • Summary:

    • This suggestion is for the implementation of the M2A3 Bradley, which utilized several upgrades and munitions such as the M919 APFSDS, TOW-2A/B ATGM’s, and Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles. This vehicle performs identically to the already existing M3A3 Bradley in-game with the exception of less ATGM’s available.
  • Description :

    • The M2A3 Bradley is an Infantry Fighting Vehicle in service with the United States Army. Introduced in 2000, the M2A3 Bradley served in various battles during Operation Iraqi Freedom such as the Battle of Fallujah, Battle of Baghdad, and the Anbar Campaign. The main role of this vehicle is to rapidly move troops to and from front lines while providing supporting fire. This is done with it’s 25mm M242 Bushmaster Chain Gun, the M240C coaxial Machine Gun, and for anti-vehicle purposes, the Dual TOW Launcher capable of launching TOW-2A, and TOW-2B ATGM’s. The M2A3 can also house a squad of 7 soldiers, not including the crew of 3 it takes to operate the vehicle. On top of this, the M2A3 Bradley can stow 7 TOW-2 variant missiles in the hull. One of the main issues that was found was the survivability of the Bradley versus IED’s, however the crew is able to escape quickly due to the vehicles multi-entrance design. The M2A3 Bradley continues to be the Army’s answer due to its combat proven capabilities and is expected to serve for years and continue to receive new upgrades. In 2014, the Army began transitioning M3A3 Bradley Cavalry units to the M2A3 standard due to the lack of room for equipment and personnel in the M3A3 model. A new model, the M2A4 Bradley is being developed by BAE Land System’s which houses several key upgrades such as upgraded drivetrain, new engine, Bradley Urban Survival Kit (BUSK), IED Jammer, and much more. A contract was awarded in 2018 to produce up to 164 M2A4 Bradley’s. Currently, the U.S. Army fields several thousand M2 Bradley variants.
    • Improvements over the M2A2 Bradley:
      • Digital Systems
      • 2nd Generation FLIR - Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV)
      • 2nd Generation FLIR - Improved Bradley Acquisition System (IBAS)
      • Global Positioning System (GPS)
      • Inertial Navigation Unit (INU)
      • Commander’s Tactical Display (CTD)
        • Improved Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) Battlefield Command Information System capabilities for the Commander.
      • Squad Leader’s Display (SLD)
  • Armament:

    • Main Weapon: 25mm M242 Chain Gun (w/ 900rds, 300 Ready-to-Fire)
      • Rounds:
        • M919 APFSDS-T
        • M792 HEI-T
      • Depression/Elevation: -9°/+59°
    • Additional Weapons:
      • Coaxial M240C Machine Gun (w/ 2,200rds, 200rds/Gun Belt)
      • BGM-71 Dual TOW Launcher (w/ 7 ATGM’s, 2 in Launcher, 5 Stowed)
        • TOW-2A ATGM
        • TOW-2B ATGM
  • Maneuverability:

    • Engine: 600hp Cummins VTA-903T 8-cyl Diesel Engine
    • Transmission: HMPT-500-3 Hydromechanical Transmission (6-forward, 2-reverse)
    • Chassis: Torsion Bar
    • Max Speed: 56km/h
  • Dimensions:

    • Length: 6.55m
    • Width: 3.6m
    • Height : 2.98m
    • Weight: ~28t (~32t w/ Reactive Armor Tiles)
  • Crew (3x):

    • Commander
    • Driver
    • Gunner
    • 7 Passengers
  • Features:

    • 8x Smoke Grenades
    • Laser Rangefinder
    • Optics:
      • Driver: ANVAS-5 Thermal Imager
      • Gunner: Bradley Integrated Gunner Sight - IBAS Thermal Imager System
      • Commander: Raytheon Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer
    • Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles I/II (BRAT I/II)
      • Capable of defeating shaped-charged HEAT rounds (minimum of 260mm of protection against HEAT) as well as being able to sustain hits from small arms ammunition and artillery shrapnel.
      • BRAT II increased protection against Kinetic Rounds.
      • 96 Tiles can be added to the M2A3 Bradley.
    • ESS
  • Reason for Implementation:

    • Implementing this vehicle will provide the U.S. tree additional light vehicles needed around the 9.0 BR. Not only this, but with the addition of the Bradley Reactive Armor would increase its survivability against in-game ATGM’s. This vehicle would play exactly like the already existing M3A3 Bradley, however they are considered two separate vehicles. Not only that, but M3A3 Bradley’s will be returned to M2A3 configuration or converted to M2A4 Bradley’s. Due to this, the M2A3 Bradley deserves a chance to be implemented in-game.
    • The M2A3, if need to differentiate itself from the M3A3 Bradley (worst case scenario) could be equipped with the BRAT I/II Reactive Armor Tiles while the M3A3 can remain standard.
    • If this vehicle is implemented with the ERA, the M3A3 Bradley in-game already needs it as well.
  • Imagery/Videos:

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M2A3 Bradley equipped with Bradley Reactive Tiles, and Commander’s Protection Shield.

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M2A3 Bradley’s conducting live-fire drills.

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M2A3 Bradley in Iraq with its 25mm gun slewed upward.

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M2A3 Bradley without the Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles.

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The 2nd Generation Gunner’s Thermal Imager, part of the Improved Bradley Acquisition System (IBAS).

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M5A2 Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles.

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The new M2A4 Bradley being tested by the U.S. Army.

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Another view of the M2A4 Bradley.

M2 Bradley Vehicles Demonstrate Combat Power - YouTube

Video of a M2A3 Bradley demonstration.

1st Infantry Division gives a virtual tour of the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Footage - YouTube

M2A3 Bradley virtual tour.

M2A3 Bradley Shooting at Live Fire (25MM, 240 Coax, and TOW Missile) - YouTube

M2A3 Bradley live-fire drills.

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Can Rheinmetall ROSY and AN/VVR-4 LWS be added to this Suggestion?

They were actually tested on the M2A3 in 2018.

(As for the other suggestion,

They were testing ROSY and AN/VVR-4 on the M1A2 that same year.

This can be made as a new suggestion.)

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A wonderful suggestion. The US desperately needs a 9.0 light tank, and adding the BRAT I/II tiles is a MUST imo. The tank is such an unarmored whale and really needs the help.

I suggest adding BRAT I and II to both vics, the M3A3 and M2A3, but having BRAT II a researched module, while BRAT I is also a stock module that can be removed optionally, since some players may not like the added weight (trying to save any complaining)

Then when we get the M2A4 eventually, we’ll have a very nice light tank lineup. Hopefully the A4 is no higher than 10.7

couldnt the other bradleys get the upgrade package for the armor too? also this paired with the linebacker if we ever get it would be nice

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Afaik they can, I think its pretty standardized

thats good to know maybe finally the bradleys can get some more survivability

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