BAE Systems has unveiled the possible successor to the US Army’s veteran Bradley Fighting Vehicle at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington DC. The Next Generation Bradley concept vehicle is designed to demonstrate an improvement in the Bradley’s capabilities while keeping down costs.
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle first entering service in 1981, but its development can be traced to back to the 1950s when the US Army began developing the infantry fighting vehicle as a fast piece scout/troop carrier capable of keeping up with main battle tanks while dealing with Soviet armor. Over the decades, shifting needs, advancing technologies, and concerns about vulnerability brought on many upgrades, resulting in vehicle weight jumping from 8 to almost 30 tons.
The Pentagon has considered a number of options for replacing the Bradley, including a complete blank sheet redesign, but recent budget cuts have required a rethink. BAE is betting that an improved version of the Bradley using existing systems borrowed from other vehicles is an answer that the US Army will find attractive.