BAE launches new Bradley fighting vehicle prototype


BAE Systems has launched its next-generation Bradley fighting vehicle prototype at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

The new Bradley features an upgraded turret, as well as suspension, targeting sensor and network connectivity improvements made during ongoing Engineering Change Proposal modernisation efforts.

Its suspension upgrades will enhance the vehicle's mobility for Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) operations, according to the company.

The prototype is fitted with armour, fuel tanks, and the driver’s hatch from the armoured multipurpose vehicle.

"We’re focused on integrating current, emerging, and future technologies to significantly improve the Bradley’s mobility, force protection, and lethality."

It also offers electronics and final drives from the M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer, which will be integrated with current and future Bradley systems.

The vehicle has an upgraded chassis that facilitates enhanced protection for mounted troops, compartmentation of fuel and ordnance, and more space and electrical power for technology, BAE said in a statement.

BAE Systems Artillery and Bradley programmes director Deepak Bazaz said: “In the current budget environment, the army often has to choose between maintaining an existing fleet and developing new capabilities.

“We’re investing in research and development to demonstrate cost-effective options for the army to address current gaps.

"We’re focused on integrating current, emerging, and future technologies to significantly improve the Bradley’s mobility, force protection, and lethality.”


Image: The next-generation Bradley fighting vehicle at the AUSA. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.