The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) has received eight additional M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) from the US on Feb. 3, 2018, as a part of the US military aid program to Lebanon.
The second batch of eight armoured vehicles are part of a total order of 32 Bradleys, valued at more than $100 million, for the Lebanese Army. Lebanon received the first batch of eight Bradley IFVs on August 14, 2017.
This is a significant boost for the country’s armed forces who are engaged in a complex and largely forgotten front in the fight against ISIS and reflects otherwise expanding American military involvement in the country.
About M2 Bradley:
M2 Bradley, or Bradley IFV, is an American infantry fighting vehicle that is a member of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle family. It is manufactured by BAE Systems Land & Armaments, which was formerly United Defense.
The Bradley is designed for reconnaissance and to transport a squad of infantry, providing them protection from small arms fire, while also providing firepower to both suppress and eliminate most threats to friendly infantry.
It is designed to be highly manoeuvrable and to be fast enough to keep up with heavy armour during an advance. The M2 holds a crew of three: a commander, a gunner and a driver, as well as six fully equipped soldiers.
The M2’s primary armament is M242 25 mm autocannon, which fires up to 200 rounds per minute and is accurate up to 2,500 m depending on the ammunition used. The Bradley also carries a coaxial M240C 7.62 mm medium machine gun, located to the right of the 25 mm main gun. It is also armed with two BGM-71 TOW wire-guided missiles.
They are also equipped with two four-barreled smoke grenade launchers on the front of the turret for creating defensive smoke screens, and can also be loaded with chaff and flares.