The M3 Bradley armored
reconnaissance vehicle externally is similar to the M2
Dimensions and weight
25-mm chain gun
twin-tube TOW launcher
1 x 7.62-mm
1 500 rounds
4 540 rounds
Cummins VTA-903T diesel
Maximum road speed
Amphibious speed on water
armored reconnaissance vehicle is based on the
M2 Bradley infantry
fighting vehicle. It replaced the
M60 main battle tanks and
armored personnel carriers with the US Army cavalry and
reconnaissance battalions. Vehicle is named in honor of WWII general
Omar Bradley. Over 2 000 M3 vehicles were built for the
design is similar to the M2 Bradley IFV except the combat compartment's
arrangement and equipment. Externally it is virtually similar to the
M2. Two scouts are located in the compartment, that was used for
infantrymen in the M2. Scouts operate ground reconnaissance radar
and other equipment. A motorcycle is also carried in this
compartment to fulfill special tasks.
Bradley cavalry fighting vehicle has a welded aluminum armor hull.
Front arc has a spaced laminated aluminum and steel armor. Initial production variant provided protection against 14.5-mm
armor-piercing rounds. Front arc of the latest models provide
protection against 30-mm armor-piercing rounds. Also vehicle is
fitted with explosive reactive armor and withstands hits from RPG
rounds. Bottom was reinforced with steel plates for
improved protection against mines. The M3 is also fitted
with NBC protection system.
vehicle's armament is located in the turret and consists from M242
25-mm cannon and and coaxial M240 7.62-mm machine gun. A twin-tube
anti-tank guided missile launcher is located from the left side of
the turret. Decreased number of crew in the combat compartment
allowed to carry more ammunition. Ammunition load virtually doubled,
comparing with the M2 Bradley. There are no firing ports in the M3.
powered by the Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine, developing 500 hp.
Engine is located at the hull front. It comes out as one assembly,
which makes it easier to maintain and service. The M3 Bradley armored reconnaissance vehicle was improved alongside
with the M2 infantry fighting vehicle.
featured improved TOW-2 anti-tank guided missiles and new NBC
filtering equipment. A new type of armor-piercing rounds was
introduced for the 25-mm cannon. Combat compartment received four
received add-on explosive reactive armor panels from the front and
sides of the of hull and turret. Interior was lined with Kevlar
lining. Engine was uprated to 600 hp;
M3A3, has an
improved electronic equipment. It is completed with new fire control
system, with a laser rangefinder, NAVSTAR global positioning system.
Driver received a thermo vision device. The M3A3 received explosive
reactive armor of new generation;
improvement programme, which is under development. Probably vehicle
will be armed with a 50-mm cannon, engine will be uprated to 750 - 1
000 hp. Protection will be significantly increased.