Bradleys

U.S. Army Prepositioned Stock and Material Support Command-Korea personnel receive M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles by rail at Camp Carroll in Waegwan, South Korea, Oct. 17, 2011. (DoD photo by Spc. Bryan Willis U.S. Army/Released)

U.S. Army Prepositioned Stock and Material Support Command-Korea personnel receive M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles by rail at Camp Carroll in Waegwan, South Korea, Oct. 17, 2011. (DoD photo by Spc. Bryan Willis U.S. Army/Released)

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  1. Brand new A3s. Army took delivery of the last ones in September and is pure fleeting the active force, APS, and one Guard Brigade with them (minus Combat Engineers, who get to stick with analog ODS versions). With a good zoom you might be able to recognize some newly issued special versions.

    The brigade in Korea got theirs this summer, along with M1A2 SEP v2 tanks Bet Kim Jong Il’s feeling a bit more nervous.

    1. I very much doubt that they’re new, as production was terminated in 2000, with exactly 6724 Bradleys of all types built new.

      More likely, these are factory-rebuilt vehicles.

    2. When you have tanks designed in the 50’s, the version of the Brad, M1, or Black Panther that will destroy them is kind of trivial.

  2. Strictly speaking, you’re correct — the last new Bradley hull was built in the ’90s. All of the A3s are remanufactured vehicles that get stripped to the bare metal and rebuilt with new components, so “new” for all intents and purposes. These are zero miles/hours vehicles. Army production of A3s peaked in 2009 and ended last month.

    1. A few years back we were on a driving trip and were passed every so often by a flatbed semi with a stripped Brad hull on it. I never got a photo and it became sort of an ongoing joke because we kept missing them for one reason or another all day long. No doubt they were on their way to be rebuilt.

      1. Yep. The hulls get stripped at the depot in Texas then shipped to the plant in York (by way of Fayette PA) for conversion and final assembly.

  3. By the way, the Army is still producing new Bradley variants — Operation Desert Storm-Situational Awareness (ODS-SA) models for the Guard. The ODS-SAs are conversions; the old ODS gets stripped down and a new 2d Gen FLIR and new digital hardware installed. At the end it is virtually identical to an A3 except for the commander’s independent viewer. Those vehicles will be in production until the end of 2013.

    Plus there’s another new variant just fielded in Korea, identification of which is left as an exercise for the reader. 😉

    (Hint: Google images for Bradley’s in Korea to get the photos of the vehicles at the port , then play “one of these things is not like the others” until you can see the differences. )

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