BAE Systems has delivered the first Bradley A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) to the U.S. Army, the company announced.
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) is a combat-proven platform that provides outstanding survivability, mobility, and lethality and is an integral part of the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). The new Bradley A4 variant is equipped with an enhanced powertrain that maximizes mobility and increases engine horsepower, providing rapid movement in reaction to combat or other adverse situations.
The first Bradley A4 vehicles have been delivered to our U.S. Army customer! Production on the Bradley vehicles spans BAE Systems’ industrial network, so share a photo of the vehicles on the road if you see them in Anniston, Alabama or York, Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/kqBcI2J0JA
— BAE Systems, Inc. (@BAESystemsInc) June 3, 2020
Wide-angle Driver’s Vision Enhancer, improved Force XXI Battle Command Bridge and Below (FBCB2) software integration improve Bradley A4’s friendly and enemy vehicle identification, enhancing situational awareness. The addition of a High Speed Slip Ring, greater network connectivity and Smart Displays that simultaneously display classified and unclassified information also improve situational awareness.
In October 2019, the Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification worth up to $269 million for continued production of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV). The award for an additional 168 upgraded Bradley A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles was part of the Army’s combat vehicle modernization strategy and helps ensure force readiness of the Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT).
A previously awarded funding for the initial production of 164 Bradley A4 vehicles allowed BAE Systems to begin production. The award of the second option brings the total production funding to $578 million. It includes upgrades and associated spares of two Bradley variants: the M2A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicle and the M7A4 Fire Support Team Vehicle.
Work on the program is taking place at Red River Army Depot in Texarkana, Texas, and BAE Systems’ facilities in Aiken, South Carolina; Anniston, Alabama; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Jose, California; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and York, Pennsylvania.
Bradley A4 Specifications
+ Combat weight 80,000 lbs/36,287 kg
+ Personnel capacity up to 10
+ Engine 675 hp
+ Fuel tank 155 gallons/587 liters
+ Speed 41 mph/ 66 km/h
+ Cruising range 250 miles/402 km
+ Turning radius pivot to infinite slope 60%
+ Side slope 40%
+ Trench crossing 100 inches/2.5 m
+ Vertical wall crossing 30 inches/0.9 m
+ Overall length 258 inches/6.5 m
+ Width 117 inches/3.2 m
+ Height 130 inches/3.3 m
+ Ground clearance 16 inches/0.3 m