BAE Systems to build additional Bradley Fighting Vehicles

By Nickolai Sukharev / September 28, 2023 at 10:16 AM

BAE Systems will produce Bradley Fighting vehicles using legacy variants, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

Sourcing legacy vehicles, the company will produce M2A4 and M7A4 vehicles by an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2026, for $288 million with work locations to be determined, the announcement reads.

The announcement follows earlier contract announcements in September and August.

Serving as the Army’s primary infantry fighting vehicle, the M2A4 is designed to carry and support dismounted troops in combat. It is armed with 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.

In service since 1981, other Bradley variants include the M3 Cavalry Vehicle, a command vehicle and an engineer vehicle.

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

The XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle, previously called the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, will replace the Bradley as part of the Army’s Next Generation Ground Vehicle program.

Ukraine has received 186 Bradley vehicles as part of military aid while the country fights off an invasion from Russia, according to the Defense Department.