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This page is about the American light tank M3A3 Bradley. For the other version, see M3 Bradley.
M3A3 Bradley
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M3A3 Bradley
AB RB SB
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Description

Since its adoption, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) series have underwent design upgrades to accommodate new features and experiences, leading to the A1 and A2 variants that were deployed during Operation Desert Storm. As the US Army moved towards the 21st century, there was an emphasis in improving the crew's ability to obtain and transmit information as part of the overall digitization of the military. This led to the A3 variant in the late 1990s that saw introduction of new communication equipment to other vehicles, a Commander's Independent Thermal View (CITV), new fire control system, and GPS navigation. The A3 upgrade began full-rate production in 2001, which included the M3 BFV as the M3A3 BFV.

The Fighting Vehicle, Cavalry, M3A3, introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike", features significant capability improvements over the preceding M3 BFV. The M3A3 ability to engage targets have improved with a laser rangefinder, which complements well with the new 25 mm APFSDS ammunition available. The TOW missiles available for the M3A3 are also improved with the . The M3A3 variant differs mainly from the M3 Bradley by its laser rangefinder, its APFSDS belt for the 25 mm cannon, CITV, and more powerful TOW missiles with the TOW-2 penetrating almost double of the preceding version and the TOW-2B capable of top-attack. Though the armour is slightly better than the M3 with additional armour plates around the plate, the M3A3 is still vulnerable to most enemy fire from autocannon calibre and above. Due to the new additions increasing the weight, the mobility is a little slower, though still respectable enough to get around. Despite these drawbacks, the vast firepower improvements ensure that the M3A3 remains competitive against its opponents.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull38 / 44 / 44
Turret25 / 25 / 25
Crew3 people
Visibility117 %

The armour on the M3A3 is significantly upgraded compared to its predecessor, with additional armour plates all around the vehicle. These armour plates make the M3A3 almost impervious to heavy machine guns such as the M2HB and the DShK. However, any weapon that is about 14.5 mm in diameter or larger (i.e. SPAA, Leopard 2K, etc.) still poses a significant threat. As such, it is better to avoid taking hits when possible.

Ammo is stored in large amounts throughout the tank, with 25 mm ammo containers lining the left side of the interior and additional BGM-71 ATGMs stowed on the right side. The loaded ammunition is stored just behind the turret crew, with a linked belt leading upwards into the breech. Penetrating hits that strike any of these ammunition stores have a high chance of setting the ammo off.

The engine, radiator, and transmission are positioned in the front of the tank, right side of the hull. These components can occasionally absorb hits from smaller calibre weaponry.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB68 / 16 km/h
RB and SB62 / 14 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight29.9 t
Engine power
AB1 145 hp
RB and SB600 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB38.3 hp/t
RB and SB20.1 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 68 16 29.9 930 1,145 31.1 38.29
Realistic 62 14 531 600 17.76 20.07

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 254 → 5 821 Sl icon.png
RB3 116 → 5 574 Sl icon.png
SB4 152 → 7 427 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications217 400 Rp icon.png
354 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts710 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
140 / 170 / 220 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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ESS
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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25mm_M242_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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300 Ge icon.png
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152mm_us_tow_2a_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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300 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Airstrike
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Scout UAV
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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25mm_M242_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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152mm_us_tow_2_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png

Unlock order recommendations

The order of modifications should be well thought out. Below is a guide of which modifications to unlock first, but it is just a recommendation and can be modified or adapted depending on the tank commander's preferences.

Tier 1

For tier 1, only one modification is needed to progress to the next tier so it is recommended to just stick with parts as the first modification because it allows you to repair your tank in battle and also is very cheap, allowing you to move on to tier 2 very quickly.

Tier 2

At tier 2, it is recommended to research NVD in order to allow for easy spotting of enemies in battle so that the M3A3 can survive longer and also get more kills (also making night battles viable). Alternatively, FPE can be researched before NVD in order to prevent the first two fires from knocking the M3A3 out of battle. After both of those modifications are unlocked one more is needed before you can progress to tier 3. Adjustment of fire is a good choice here but none of the remaining modifications (Suspension, Brake system, Airstrike) will make a huge difference so it is up to the vehicle commander.

Tier 3

Once tier 3 is unlocked, the priority should be either Smoke grenades or TOW-2B depending on if the commander would rather have a chance of hiding his vehicle or would rather have a better weapon. The third modification from this tier that should be unlocked is either Filters in order to improve the mobility or Crew replenishment.

Tier 4

Moving on to tier 4, the commander can pick either the Engine mod or the APFSDS modification depending on whether improved mobility or firepower is preferred.

Finishing up

After those two are unlocked, the commander can pick whatever other modifications he/she wants as the remaining mods from all tiers are more minor than the ones that were prioritized. Tracks, transmission, laser rangefinder, horizontal drive, crew replenishment/filters (whichever wasn't chosen before), and ESS are all good modifications that can make a noticeable impact on the battle. The rest - suspension, brake system, airstrike, and the APDS belts - are all minor modifications that will not make much of a difference in battle and as such should be saved for last, in the order chosen by the commander.

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition1 500 rounds
Belt capacity300 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
0.3 → 0.2 s
Fire rate201 shots/min
Vertical guidance-9° / 59°
Main article: M242 (25 mm)
25 mm M242 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 1,500 (300) 201 -9°/+59° ±180° Two-plane 57.1 79.1 96.0 106.2 112.9 0.26 0.23 0.21 0.20
Realistic 35.7 42.0 51.0 56.4 60.0

Ammunition

  • Default: APDS · HEI-T*
  • M791: APDS · APDS · APDS · HEI-T*
  • M919: APFSDS

The belt of 25 mm APFSDS shells excels against lightly-armoured vehicles and has a more consistent performance against the sides of armoured enemy MBTs than the M3 Bradley's mixed APDS/HEI-T belt.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
APDS 81 80 74 67 61 56
HEI-T* 7 6 4 3 3 3
APFSDS 101 100 95 88 81 74
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
APDS 1,345 0.13 - - - 75° 78° 80°
HEI-T* 1,100 0.19 0.1 0.1 54.4 79° 80° 81°
APFSDS 1,385 0.1 - - - 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
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Additional armament

Ammunition12 rounds
Belt capacity2 rounds
Fire rate120 shots/min
Vertical guidance-19° / 29°
Fire on the moveup to 6 km/h
Main article: BGM-71 TOW
BGM-71 TOW missile Reloading rate (seconds)
Capacity (Belt) Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Full Expert Aced
12 (2) -19°/+29° N/A N/A _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
TOW-2 ATGM 800 800 800 800 800 800
TOW-2B ATGM (OTA) 100 100 100 100 100 100
Missile details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
TOW-2 ATGM 329 3,750 21.45 0.05 0.1 4.41 80° 82° 90°
Missile details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Arming
distance (m)
Trigger
radius (m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
TOW-2B ATGM (OTA) 309 3,750 22.59 0.05 0.1 30 3 3.38 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
6 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Machine guns

Ammunition4 400 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate941 shots/min
Main article: M240 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm M240
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,400 (200) 941 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The proper role of the M3A3 in battles is as a support vehicle. Because the secondary missile launcher deploys only when the vehicle is at a slow speed, the gameplay should be slower and farther away from the frontlines of the battlefield. The TOW-2B modification should be used to its best use, allowing for the player to easily compromise enemy sniper positions using their top down effect. The vehicle's scouting ability should also be used on hard to hit or far-away targets. A secondary use for the vehicle is in more close-quarters maps as a flanker, because the 25 mm cannon can easily penetrate the sides and rear of enemy tanks. Regarding survivability, even though the M3A3 has add-on armour compared to its predecessor, the M3 Bradley still doesn't have enough armour to defend against nearly all threats. The vehicle should be treated as if it can be killed from anywhere, from any round, in any place.

Stock grind

In terms of gameplay, a stock M3A3 is actually not as different from a spaded one as with other vehicles. It is missing many abilities such as TOW-2B missiles, smoke grenades and ESS, engine horsepower, etc. But, the stock vehicle is still very deadly on the battlefield and can be useful to the team. First off, the stock M3A3 is not to be played on the front lines in most cases as it can not fire missiles on the move and also the APDS rounds in the stock 25 mm belt will not penetrate anything heavier than a light tank from the front. It should be played in the second line behind friendly tanks, scouting and supporting them with 25 mm rounds and missiles as needed. The TOW-2 missiles that come stock are great at knocking out tanks from the front, even ones that have ERA. The goal is to not be shot by the enemy but to get assists with the 25 mm gun and kills with the missiles while scouting targets for the team. If possible, flanking routes or long range hull-down sniping are also recommended to try and prevent the tank being hit by enemy fire. In summary, a much more cautious approach should be taken to prevent destruction by enemies and gain RP by getting assists and kills by supporting team mates.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Access to a full belt of 25 mm APFSDS shells - excels against light vehicles and lightly-armoured MBTs
  • Access to the fast travelling TOW-2B top-attack missile - capable of penetrating the weak top armour of enemy tanks, and targeting vehicles that are hiding behind cover
  • 2nd generation thermals for the gunner, commander, and even the driver allow for excellent spotting and scouting of targets along with the scout UAV
  • Elevated independent commander sight which allows TOW missiles to be fired and accurately guided from behind cover
  • Good mobility and respectable reverse speed of -13 km/h
  • Can engage enemy aerial vehicles with the main gun due to +59° of gun elevation and IRST with roughly 8 km range
    • Does not trigger enemy RWRs when locked on
  • -9° gun depression and a small turret mean you can effectively use hull down tactics
  • Laser rangefinder for the main gun unlike the preceding M3 Bradley
  • Great zoom of 4.0x - 12.0x and a good sight FOV of 18°-6°
  • Can absorb up to 30 mm APDS (as fired by, for example, the BMP-2) in some places at range
  • Quick gun handling like its predecessor

Cons:

  • Slightly less mobile and less acceleration than the preceding M3 Bradley, due to the increase in weight
  • Continuously firing the main gun increases dispersion, thereby reducing accuracy
  • Low fire rate for the main gun makes it difficult to land hits on fast moving aircraft
  • Cannot reliably engage distant air targets due to lack of range
  • Cannot fire missiles while moving at a speed greater than 15 km/h
  • Missile launcher takes some time to deploy
  • TOW-2Bs are very inconsistent in terms of damage and can be stopped by ERA
  • Cannot reliably engage enemy MBTs from the front with 25 mm APFSDS rounds
  • Retains the rather poor survivability of its predecessor despite the increase in armour
  • Missiles can be detonated when hit by enemy fire, even while still in the launcher
  • Tall profile

History

Devblog

Following the Gulf War of the early 1990's, US engineers developed a new modification of the widely used M3 Bradley in order to incorporate improvements derived from the operational experience gained during the conflict. As such, the Bradley received numerous upgrades to its electronic systems, including a new fire control system, a laser rangefinder and thermal imaging for the commander along with other improvements to the vehicle's protection and firepower.

The M3A3 modification of the Bradley started being shipped to the first U.S. Army units in 1998 with the first vehicles officially entering service in 2000. By late 2010, well over 3,300 Bradleys were converted to the A3 standard and the vehicle continues serving as one of the cornerstones of the U.S. armored units today.

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See also

Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


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