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Gerhard Heiming

The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems to supply another 159 BRADLEY A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) for around €238 million until 31st March 2023. Since 2018, the U.S. Army has been looking for a successor for 4,700 BRADLEY’s under the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV). In a second attempt, the aim is to start series production in 2027. A major improvement in the BRADLEY A4 is the increased power train with almost 500 kW (A3: 441 kW), which, despite the increase in combat weight to 36.3 tons (34.3), results in an increase in maximum speed to 66 km/h (61 km/h). Digital electronics have also been used to improve situational awareness and integration into command and control networks. Last but not least, improved fire suppression and IED jammers increased protection.