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U.S. Army Buys M2A4 Bradley.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 03:26 AM UTC

New hull looks different than the M2A3.


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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 04:54 AM UTC
Maybe I missed it in those two articles, but why are they not upgunning it.....the Russians are already looking at a 57mm on there BMP-3. Even the Stryker Dragoon has a bigger gun.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 05:31 AM UTC
First off, neither article is talking about an all-new Bradley. The pic of the BAE one in the rebuilding article is not an M2A4, but a concept BAE is trying to sell.

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BAE showcased its Next-Generation Bradley. The concept vehicle...

The M2A4 looks externally the same as an M2A3. The upgrades are pretty much all internal to electronics, engine, and transmission.

Also, the other article is misleading and/or just wrong. Most of the 400+ Bradleys are actually the new turretless Bradleys that are replacing the M113 as part of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program. The US Army is not increasing its total numbers of A3/A4 Bradley IFV/CFVs. Those numbers will remain pretty constant.

The reason it is not being upgunned is that it isn't needed and it would cost to much to do so. The 25mm Bushmaster is more than adequate for any threat it will face. Additionally, the Stryker Dragoon has a 30mm because that is what the existing Kongsberg Protector MCT-30 turret that was added to it came with.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 06:12 AM UTC
Good info Gino.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 03:48 AM UTC
Thanks, Gino.

Looks like Leonardo DRS won the SHROAD contest with their air defense turret that contains a 30mm M230, two Hellfire missiles, and a pod of four Stingers, missiles all enclosed.


Also, check out the Leonardo DRS RiWP turrets. That is so cool---dual or triple weapons on remote weapons turret---unlike CROWS II.

So if RiWP is installed, would there even be a roof hatch to escape from?

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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 - 04:45 AM UTC
A new, larger gun would mean a new turret, plus new electronics for sighting and add top weight to the taller new hull. I'd be it would be on par with a new vehicle in terms of cost, which they specifically don't have.

Money, it's all about the money . And the shortage thereof.
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 10:58 AM UTC
IIRC, the 30mm Mk-44 Bushmaster shares 70% of its parts with the 25mm M242.

In fact they tested the Mk-44 on a Bradley A3 with minimal changes to the turret.

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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2018 - 02:30 AM UTC
I really like the BAE Next-Gen Bradley concept. The new hull is larger and taller, not to mention that there are dedicated stowage racks in the front and dedicated fuel tanks and TOW missile stowage in the rear.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:20 AM UTC
The 25mm is way too puny on the modern battlefield. Both AP and HE performance is inadequate against armoured threats. The UK decided 10 years ago that even the 30mm Mk44 wouldn't be adequate and reversed the previous armament decision for the Warrior upgrade in favour of the 40mm CTAS, shared with the Ajax scout.

ATK abandoned the "40mm" (actually 37mm) upgrade for the Mk44 about 10 years ago too, as that round was performance-limited by using the necked-out 30mm case (essentially a WW2 German design) to keep the round length the same to minimise weapon and feed changes.

Germany wanted a new 35mm cannon on Puma, with a 50mm upgrade path. But were forced to settle for a 30mm firing the same rounds as the Mk44.

Trouble is, 35 and 40mm weapons are large and powerful and really need to be incorporated by design, not added later. 30mm is about the largest that can be retrofitted.

While some CV90 users opted for the 30mm instead of the 40mm, the best of the breed is the Dutch 35mm version.

The 40mm Mk4 Bushmaster firing the Bofors round is an awesome but huge weapon, yet to be adopted by anyone.

At least that's my experience of working on the Ajax project for a few years during which the armament debate was raging.