BAE Systems has received a contract modification from the US Army for the upgrade of an additional 168 upgraded Bradley A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV).

Valued at up to $269m, the contract will ensure the continued production of Bradley.

The company will deliver the contract modification in support of the US Army’s combat vehicle modernisation strategy.

The procurement of additional upgraded Bradley A4 configuration will enable the force readiness of the Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT).

BAE Systems combat vehicle programmes vice-president Scott Davis said: “The Bradley is one of the most critical vehicles in the army’s ABCT today because it allows the army to transport troops to the fight, and provide covering fire to suppress enemy vehicles and troops.

“Upgrading to the A4 configuration provides soldiers with more power to increase their speed and ability to integrate enhanced technology to ensure they maintain the advantage on the battlefield.”

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The upgraded Bradley A4 configuration features an enhanced powertrain that allows greater mobility and engine horsepower.

To provide improved situational awareness during combat, the vehicle is equipped with wide-angle Driver’s Vision Enhancer, and Force XXI Battle Command Bridge and Below (FBCB2) software integration.

This will allow improved identification of vehicles operated by friendly and enemy forces.

In addition, the IFV is incorporated with a high-speed slip ring, improved network connectivity and smart displays to enable simultaneous display of both classified and unclassified information.

BAE Systems previously secured funding to start the initial production of 164 Bradley A4 vehicles for the army.

With the latest contract modification, the total production funding under the programme has reached $578m.

Pursuant to the option award, the firm will provide upgrades and spares of the Bradley M2A4 IFV and M7A4 Fire Support Team Vehicle.

Last month, BAE Systems won a $318m contract to upgrade the US Army’s M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) vehicles.