Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems (BFVS) — M2/M3
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DESCRIPTION

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems (BFVS) M2A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) features two second-generation, forward-looking infrared sensors, one in the Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem and another in the Commander’s Independent Viewer. These provide “hunter-killer target hand off” capability with ballistic fire control. The Bradley A3 also has embedded diagnostics and an Integrated Combat Command and Control (IC3) digital communications suite hosting a Force XXI Battle Command Brigade-and-Below package with digital maps, messages and friend-or-foe information. These systems provide the vehicle with increased shared battlefield situational awareness. The Bradley’s position navigation with Global Positioning Systems, inertial navigation and enhanced squad situational awareness includes a squad leader display integrated into vehicle digital images and IC3.

The Bradley Fire Support Team (BFIST) vehicle is the “Eyes of the Artillery.” Using state-of-the-art long-range sensors, BFIST can acquire, identify, track and designate targets while mounted and under armor, enhancing crew survivability. BFIST is assigned to the Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and Combined Arms Battalions of the Armored Brigade Combat Team.

The M3A3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (CFV) is undergoing a conversion to the M2A3 IFV variant. This will reduce the sustainment footprint for the fleet and enhance Soldier proficiency and operational utility in the field.

BENEFIT TO THE SOLDIER

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle ensures warfighters can continue to maintain combat overmatch battlefield capabilities to include reconnaissance, fire and maneuver, and “hunter-killer” engagement opportunities.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Speed: 31 mph
  • Range: 204 miles
  • Payload: 6,000 pounds
  • Vehicle weapons: 25 mm, Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wireless-Guided Missiles II, 7.62 mm
  • M2A3 mean miles between failure required/actual: 400/608 miles
  • Deployable Aircraft: C-17, C-5

PROGRAM STATUS

FY16-FY18:

  • Track and Suspension Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) upgrade in Production
  • A4 ECP (Mobility) Upgrade Testing

4QFY16: Bradley M2 as baselined configuration for both IFV/CFV roles
4QFY17: A4 ECP (Mobility) Production Decision received

2QFY18:

  • Completion of M3 to M2 conversion
  • Fielding 15th ABCT begins
  • Underbelly Interim Solution Development begins

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

1QFY19: A4 ECP (Mobility) upgrade Production and Fielding begins
3QFY19: Fielding of 16th ABCT begins
4QFY20: Fielding of Active Protection Systems Brigade Set
Through FY22: Track and Suspension ECP upgrade continues

Foreign Military Sales

Lebanon and Saudi Arabia

Contractors

  • BAE Systems (York, PA; Santa Clara, CA; Sterling Heights, MI)
Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems (BFVS) — M2/M3