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M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle

M2 Bradley, or Bradley IFV, is an American infantry fighting vehicle in service with the United States Army.

M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) entered service with US Army in 1981 and was intensely used in numerous armed conflicts including the 1991 Persian Gulf War or the 2003 Iraqi War.

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With a mass of 27.6 tonnes (30.4 short tons), M2 Bradley IFV has a length of 6.55 m (21.49 ft), a width of 3.6 m (11.82 ft) and a height of 2.98 m (9.78 ft).

The crew consists of three (3) persons including the commander, the driver, and the gunner and can carry six (6) passengers.

The M2A2 ODS and M2A3 variants can accomodate up to seven (7) passengers.

M2 Bradley has spaced laminate armor with an all around protection against 14.5 mm ammunition. The hull base is made of 7017 aluminum.

The main armament of the Bradley IFV consists of a 25 mm M242 Chain Gun with 900 rounds and two (2) TOW anti-tank missile launchers with seven (7) missiles.

As secondary armament, Bradley is equiped with a 7.62 mm M240C coaxial machine gun with 2,200 rounds.

M2 Bradley IFV is powered by a 600 hp (447 kW) Cummins VTA-903T 8-cylinder diesel engine, having a power-to-weight ratio of 16.18 kW/tonne (21.7 hp/tonne).

Bradley uses a torsion bar suspension and has an operational range of 483 km or 300 mi.

It has a maximum speed of 56 km/h (35 mph) on road, 40 km/h off-road and 7.2 km/h in water.

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