The Bradley is the principal Infantry Fighting Vehicle of the U.S. Army. It went through a long development process that involved multiple stages. What was supposed to be a simple vehicle however became over time one of the most complex and expensive infantry fighting vehicles of all times.
The Bradley is characterized by its three main features:
Aluminum is lighter than steel but also somewhat less durable. The use of aluminum on the Bradley has become a source of a controversy during its development and deployment but the real life combat experience showed that the vehicle is sufficiently durable, offering protection against 30mm Soviet shells. During its lifespan, additional armor kits were developed and the Bradley of today is quite a durable vehicle.
Turreted Bushmaster autocannon
The addition of the turret gave the Bradley quite a punch. The 25mm Bushmaster gun can effectively wreck light-armored target but not only that – it can also damage older main battle tanks as the Bradley proved during the conflicts in Iraq. Supporting the infantry with its rapid fire is one of the primary Bradley duties.
TOW missile launcher
The Bradley is not only effective against soft targets – it can kill armored vehicles (including tanks) as well. During the Iraq war the M2’s claimed more enemy tanks destroyed than the Abrams battle tanks.