USA — Guard welcomes most advanced Bradley

Army Nation­al Guard Receives First of the Most Advanced Bradley Fight­ing Vehi­cles

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The 116th Cav­al­ry Brigade Com­bat Team (CBCT) became the first unit in the Army Nation­al Guard to receive the Bradley A3 Fight­ing Vehi­cle, the most advanced Bradley Fight­ing Vehi­cle in ser­vice, dur­ing a roll­out cer­e­mo­ny on June 2 in Boise, Ida­ho. The 116th CBCT has received a total of 99 Bradley A3s.

Dur­ing the event, the Nation­al Guard unveiled its newest equip­ment to the pub­lic, includ­ing the M2A3 Bradley Fight­ing Vehi­cle, the M3A3 Bradley Cav­al­ry Fight­ing Vehi­cle, and the M1A2 SEP Abrams Main Bat­tle Tank. The 116th CBCT is head­quar­tered in Ida­ho and con­sists of bat­tal­ions in Ida­ho, Mon­tana, and Ore­gon. The new Bradley A3s will be used to equip and train the brigade. In addi­tion to Bradleys, BAE Sys­tems pro­vides the 116th CBCT with M109A6 Pal­adin how­itzers and M88 recov­ery vehi­cles and oth­er com­bat sys­tems.

“As the most sur­viv­able infantry vehi­cle in the­ater, the Bradley A3 pro­vides sol­diers with the lat­est upgrades and the high­est lev­el of pro­tec­tion need­ed to oper­ate in var­i­ous com­bat envi­ron­ments,” said John Tile, BAE Sys­tems pro­gram direc­tor, Bradley. “We are thrilled to sup­port the Nation­al Guard as they receive the lat­est and great­est in Bradley tech­nol­o­gy.”

The Bradley A3, made at BAE System’s York, Penn. facil­i­ty, is equipped with enhanced armor pro­tec­tion, auto­mat­ic gun tar­get adjust­ment, improved net­work con­nec­tiv­i­ty, as well as a com­man­ders inde­pen­dent view­er that allows detec­tion and rapid engage­ment of mul­ti­ple tar­gets, and sec­ond gen­er­a­tion For­ward Look­ing Infrared (FLIR) sight­ing capa­bil­i­ty. The com­bat-proven plat­form pro­vides out­stand­ing sur­viv­abil­i­ty, mobil­i­ty, and lethal­i­ty to the Army.

BAE Sys­tems has a long his­to­ry of sup­port to the Army Nation­al Guard,” said Don Pre­witt, direc­tor of Nation­al Guard busi­ness devel­op­ment for BAE Sys­tems. “Our vehi­cles and ser­vices have been and will con­tin­ue to act as the back­bone of the Guard’s heavy force and the com­pa­ny is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the newest tech­nol­o­gy to this essen­tial part of our Army.”

BAE Sys­tems is a major sup­pli­er of the Nation­al Guard. In addi­tion to our vehi­cles that are cur­rent­ly in use through­out the Guard, the com­pa­ny con­ducts new equip­ment train­ing in sup­port of U.S. Army TACOM.

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BAE Sys­tems