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Turretless Bradley

Armored personnel carrier

Turretless Bradley

The turretless Bradley is being proposed by BAE Systems to replace the M113

 
 
Entered service Expected in 2015
Crew ~ 2 men
Personnel ~ 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 20 t
Length ~ 6.4 m
Width ~ 3.2 m
Height ~ 2.2 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine Cummins VTA-903T diesel
Engine power 600 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 520 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.9 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) Amphibious

 

   A turretless version of the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle was developed by BAE Systems. This new armored vehicle is competing to meet a US Army requirement. The AMPV programme is designed to replace the M113 family of tracked armored vehicles in US Army service. BAE Systems submitted the turretless Bradley for the AMPV competition in 2014 and eventually won this competition. The BAE Systems competed against General Dynamics with Stryker+Tr and Navistar Defense with modified MaxxPro. In 2014 an initial low-rate production contract was awarded for BAE Systems. Deliveries to the US Army will begin in the near future.

   Five versions of the AMPV are planned to enter service with the US Army. These are General Purpose, Medical Evacuation Vehicle, Medical Treatment Vehicle, Mortar Carrier Vehicle, and Mission Command.

   The General Purpose (GP) version will replace M113A3 armored personnel carriers. Requirements are for a crew of two and six dismounts. This armored vehicle will mount a crew served weapon. Main roles of this vehicle are escort, emergency resupply, casualty evacuation and security for medical evacuation. US Army requirement is for 522 of these vehicles.

   The Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV) will replace M113AMEV armored ambulances. Requirements are for a crew of three and capacity to carry up to four stretchers. Vehicle will also have associated medical equipment. These vehicles will conduct medical evacuation from the battlefield to an aid station. US Army requirement is for 790 of these vehicles.

   The Medical Treatment Vehicle (MTV) will replace the M577A3 medical vehicles. Requirements are for a crew of four and one stretcher patient. Vehicle will also have associated medical equipment. This armored vehicle will serve as a forward aid station. US Army requirement is for 216 of these vehicles.

   The Mortar Carrier Vehicle (MCV) will replace the M1064A3 mortar carrier. Requirements are for the crew of four and 120-mm mortar with onboard ammunition of 69 shells. Vehicle will provide indirect fire support. US Army requirement is for 386 of these vehicles.

   The Mission Command (MCmd) will replace the M1068A3 command post carrier. Requirements are for the crew of two and two operators. It will mount a crew served weapon. US Army requirement is for 993 of these vehicles.

   The turretless Bradley is based on Bradley IFV and M109A7 self-propelled howitzer designs. There is a high degree of commonality among these vehicles. It seems that older Bradley IFVs and M3 reconnaissance vehicles could be converted to the new turretless version. Overall the new vehicle is much more protected than the previous M113 APCs. Also it has more cargo space.

   It is likely that protection of the turretless Bradley is similar to that of the Bradley M2A3 IFV. Vehicle has a welded aluminum armor hull. Front arc has a spaced laminated aluminum and steel armor. Most likely that front arc provides protection against 30-mm armor-piercing rounds and all-round protection is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Interior is lined with Kevlar anti-spall liner. Explosive reactive armor blocks are fitted for protection against RPG rounds. Bottom of the vehicle has a V-shape. Also it is reinforced with steel plates for improved protection against landmines and IED blasts. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection system.

   The turretless Bradley armored personnel carrier can be armed with various weapons, including 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine guns, as well as 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. Weapons can be remotely controlled, or manually operated and fixed in a shielded mount.

   Vehicle has a rearranged crew compartment. The baseline APC version accommodates a crew of two plus 6 dismounts. There is an ongoing trend to reduce a number of soldiers carried by armored vehicles. If a vehicle is destroyed, it allows to reduce the number of casualties. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear power-operated ramp. Also there are roof hatches for observation and emergency exit.

   The new armored vehicle has the same engine and transmission as the Bradley M2A3. It is powered by Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine, developing 600 hp. Vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can keep up with main battle tanks.

   The turretless Bradley has different roof sections with varying heights. It makes vehicle modular and it can be easily configured for various roles.

 

 
Turretless Bradley

Turretless Bradley

Turretless Bradley

Turretless Bradley

Turretless Bradley


 
Turretless Bradley

Turretless Bradley

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