Friday, September 30, 2011

M3A3 Bradley Fire Support Team (BFIST) U.S. Army

The Bradley M3A3 Infantry

To provide infantry and cavalry fighting vehicles with digital command and control capabilities, significantly
increased situational awareness, enhanced lethality and survivability, and improved sustainability and supportability.

The Bradley M3A3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (IFV/CFV) features two second-generation, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors one in the Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem (IBAS), the other in the Commander’s Independent Viewer (CIV). These systems provide “hunter-killer target handoff” capability with ballistic fire control. The Bradley A3 also has embedded diagnostics and an Integrated Combat Command and Control (IC3) digital communications suite hosting a Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) package with digital maps, messages, and friend/foe situational awareness. The Bradley’s position navigation with GPS, inertial navigation, and enhanced squad situational awareness includes a squad leader display integrated into vehicle digital images and IC3.

The Bradley M2A3 and Bradley M3A3 provides overwatching fires to support dismounted infantry and to suppress and defeat enemy tanks, reconnaissance vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), armored personnel carriers, bunkers, dismounted infantry and attack helicopters. The infantry version (M2) of the A3 Bradley fighting vehicle is used most often to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver. The primary tasks performed by the cavalry version (M3) as part of a troop and/or squadron are reconnaissance, security and flank guard missions.

The A3 integrated combat command and control (IC3) package incorporates the Army’s digital command and control suite of automated messages, overlays and friend or foe graphics that meet the Army’s
objectives for a fully digitized force. This same digital command and control capability is also being incorporated into the A2 Operation Desert Storm (ODS), including a squad leader’s display for messages
and graphics.

The new A3 variants reflect the latest iterations of a fighting vehicle family that includes the Bradley M2/M3A0, A1, A2, A2 ODS, IFV/cavalry fighting vehicle (CFV), Bradley fire support team (BFIST)
vehicle, M2A2 ODS engineer vehicle and Bradley Linebacker. Additional Bradley variants, based on the associated tracked M270 multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) chassis, range from command and
control systems to armored medical treatment vehicles.

• 1QFY09: Bradley A3 fielded to 1st Armored Division; Bradley Operation Desert Storm (ODS) fielded to the 155th MS Army National Guard (ARNG)
• 1QFY09: Bradley A3 fielded to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division

• 1QFY10: Bradley A3 fielded to 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division; and ODS fielded to 170th Separate Infantry Brigade
• 2QFY10: Bradley A3 fielded to 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division;
and ODS fielded to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
• 3QFY10: Bradley A3 fielded to Army Prepositioned Stock 5, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; and ODS fielded to 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade
• 4QFY10: Bradley A3 fielded to 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; and ODS Situational Awareness (ODS
SA) fielded to 81st Washington Army National Guard
• Current: Bradley conversions continue for both the Active Army and the ARNG to meet the Army’s modularity goals; A3 Bradley is in full-rate production through 3QFY11.

M3A3 Bradley Fire Support Team CURRENT MODELS/VARIANTS:

M2/M3 A2
M2/M3 A2 Operation Desert Storm (ODS)
• M2/M3 A3
• M2/M3 A2 ODS–E (Engineer Vehicle)
• Bradley Commander’s Vehicle (BCV)
• M7 ODS Bradley Fire Support Team (BFIST)
• M3A3 Bradley Fire Support Team (BFIST)


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