Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) has received the fourth and final batch of eight M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) on Aug. 12, 2018, as a part of the U.S. military aid program to Lebanon.
The fourth batch of 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.
Lebanese Bradley vehicles are armed with ATK M242 25 mm Bushmaster Chain Gun, 7.62 mm M240C coaxial machine gun and two launchers for the TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).
The new delivery 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.
Over the last few years, the United States has intensified its engagement and support to the Lebanese Army and has provided the following defense articles: 40 M198 howitzers, 50 armored Humvees, an Armed Cessna aircraft with hellfire missiles, 55 mortar systems, 50 Mark-19 automatic grenade launchers, 1100 machine guns including 800 .50 caliber machine guns, 4,000 M4 rifles, over half a million rounds of ammunition, 320 night vision devices and thermal sights and 360 secure communication radios.
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.