BAE gets contract for additional Bradley Fighting Vehicles

By Nickolai Sukharev / September 20, 2023 at 9:20 AM

The Army awarded BAE Systems a contract to produce additional Bradley Fighting Vehicles, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

Following an earlier contract last month, BAE will produce M2A4 and M7A4 Bradley vehicles for $128 million to be completed by Jan. 31, 2026, according to the announcement.

While earlier contracts for the Bradley were completed at BAE’s facility in York, PA, the work sites for this contract will be determined with each order, the announcement reads.

Serving as the Army’s primary infantry fighting vehicle, the M2A4 is designed to carry and support dismounted troops in combat. It has a 25mm cannon, a coaxial 7.62mm caliber machine gun and can carry antitank missiles.

The M7A4 Bradley Fire Support Team Vehicle carries sensor and sighting systems designed to relay targeting information to support artillery fire.

Entering service in 1981, other variants of the Bradley include the M2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, M3 Cavalry Vehicle, a command vehicle and engineer vehicle.

The Army previously operated the M6 Bradley Linebacker, a now-retired air defense variant that carried Stinger surface-to-air missiles.

The Army is slated to replace the Bradley with the XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle, previously called the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.