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|This page is about the light tank M3 Bradley. For other uses, see M3 (Disambiguation).|
The Fighting Vehicle, Cavalry, M3, or M3 Bradley, is a Rank VI USA light tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".
Survivability and armour
Armour protection of the Bradley IFV is relatively weak, it does offer protections from machine guns and some lower penetrating auto cannon fire from the front, but most auto cannons will easily penetrate the sides of the vehicle damaging components, crew and often detonating ammo stored in the rear of the vehicle. As aside, the engine mounted in front of the vehicle will offer some protection from main guns on tanks by absorbing spalling, saving crew members and preventing ammo detonations. From a hull down position, the vehicle is very survivable due to crew positions mostly being in the hull of the vehicle and the abundance of crew. Getting your gunner shot out is common, however the breech of the auto cannon is very small and therefore does not generally get knocked out. The vehicle does not often hull break.
The M3 has a maximum speed forward of 66 km/h or 49 km/h in battlefield conditions as well as 12 km/h in reverse in battlefield conditions. Total vehicle weight is 19.7 ton and engine is rated at 507 hp @ 2600 rpm, giving the vehicle a power to weight ratio of 25.7 hp per ton. The transmission features 6 forward gears, 2 reverse and features neutral steering. The vehicle is quite nimble and really only struggles to neutral steer in thick mud. Its light weight allows it to traverse steep inclines with ease. It should be noted that the vehicles TOW missile launcher will automatically fold its self up when the vehicle reaches speeds in excess of 10km/h.
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Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Excels at urban combat, as the gun can be effective when engaging MBTs from the side
- Low repair and ammo costs
- Massive radiator makes tank hull semi-invulnerable to APHE from the right side, can even survive 3 direct hits from the Maus if lucky enough
- Outclasses stock 35 mm autocannon tanks which use API or APHE as long as long range (about 1.1 km) and moderate front armour angle are kept, can even sustain low caliber APDS and HVAP hits from spaded light tanks, if has high ground
- Can fire missiles at "combat" cruise control, albeit only at about 9 km/h (can be considered as a downgrade after M551, but it's still better than most light tanks)
- Additional side armour plates and turret frontal slope protect against 12.7 machine guns, but will always set off APHE, so caution is required
- Not entirety of the sides of the hull are protected from machine guns and auto cannons, the missile ammo rack in the back and ventilation are vulnerable, turret ring can be exploited by high fire rate autocannons
- Relatively slow
- A rather tall and large target
- Engine, transmission and driver at front of vehicle are very prone to damage, although it is better to lose them, than the entire tank
Development of the Bradley began in the late 1950s, when the U.S. Army began seeking a replacement for the aging M113 APC. However, despite beginning development relatively early, the successor to the M113 wouldn’t enter service with the Army in the following two decades.
The reason behind this was the constantly changing specifications, requirements and doctrines around which the new vehicle would be designed. The constantly changing requirements on the other hand, were driven by various technical and political problems arising during development.
Eventually, in 1979, the final design was presented to the Army and production was approved shortly afterwards in 1980. The Bradley, named after WW2 Army General Omar Bradley, was split into two versions, both closely resembling each other, but featuring minor differences and intended for different roles.
While the M2 Bradley was intended as an IFV, capable of transporting and supporting infantry units in combat, the M3 Bradley CFV (Cavalry Fighting Vehicle) is intended to perform scouting and reconnaissance work, ditching its infantry-carrying ability in favor of improved communications systems and increased ammunition capacity.
The Bradley entered service with the U.S. Army in 1981 and saw extensive combat use during the Gulf War as well as subsequent conflicts. Despite several (unsuccessful) efforts being made to replace the Bradley with a newer design, the vehicle still remains in active service with U.S. armed forces today, with over 6,500 units produced.
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|USA light tanks|
|LVT(A)(1) · M8 · M22 · M24 · M24 (TL) · T18E2|
|M2||M2A2 · M2A4 · M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.)|
|Stuart||M3 Stuart · M3A1 Stuart · M3A1 (USMC) · M5A1 · M5A1 (5th arm.div.) · M8 HMC|
|Post-war||M41A1 · T92 · M551 · M3 Bradley|