M242 (25 mm)

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The 25 mm M242 on the M3 Bradley gun mantlet.


The 25 mm M242 Bushmaster is a chain cannon used on the Bradley series.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

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Available ammunition

  • Default: APDS · HEI-T*
  • M792: HEI-T* · HEI-T* · HEI-T* · APDS
  • M791: APDS · APDS · APDS · HEI-T*
  • M919: APFSDS

Note: The M919 belt is only available to the M3A3 Bradley.

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

Comparison with analogues

  • MK 30-2/ABM (30 mm): A 30 mm German autocannon with a similar rate of fire
  • 2A42 (30 mm): A Russian autocannon with similar penetration and damage but a higher rate of fire than the M242
  • 2A72 (30 mm): A Russian autocannon with similar penetration, damage and rate of fire
  • Oerlikon KBA B02 (25 mm): A 25 mm autocannon of the same calibre with a higher rate of fire

Usage in battles

The M242 Bushmaster can handle and defeat most of the opponents that it faces within its BR, though certain MBTs and heavy tanks will be difficult to defeat as the autocannon does not have enough penetration to effectively kill these heavy tanks. Usually flanking manoeuvres are required as most MBTs at this tier lack in side armour, where the M242 can easily punch through the armour, though certain MBTs such as the Leopard 1 can be penetrated from the front. Be aware of Soviet/Russian main battle tanks as they have up to 80 mm of side armour, where the M242 cannot penetrate the side unless you have M919 APFSDS, which is only available on the M3A3 Bradley. The M242 can also defeat air targets as well, although due to the low fire rate of 200 RPM, defeating jets are going to be difficult from their high speed. The XM1069 does have a modified M242, where it can fire at 500 RPM and having a slightly easier time killing jets. Defeating helicopters are easier though as they aren't that fast, and easy to kill if they're going on the attack run in the battlefield.

Pros and cons


  • Access to APFSDS (only for the M3A3)
  • High rate of fire (XM1069 only)
  • High ammunition count


  • Slow rate of fire
  • Tends to overheat easily


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See also

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USA tank cannons
20 mm  M139
25 mm  LW25 · M242
37 mm  M3 · M5 · M6
57 mm  M1
75 mm  M2 · M2 Howitzer · M3 · M6 · M1897A4 · XM274
76 mm  M1 · M7 · M32 · T185E1
90 mm  M3 · M3A1 · M36 · M41 · M54 · T15E1 · T15E2 · T54 · T208E9
105 mm  M4 · M68 · M68A1 · M68A1E8 · T5E1 · T5E2 · T140E2 · T140E3 · XM35
106 mm  M40A1C
120 mm  M58 · M256 · T53
152 mm  M81 · M162 · XM150E5
155 mm  M185 · T7
165 mm  M135
20 mm  Rh202 (Germany)
57 mm  6pdr OQF Mk.III (Britain) · ZIS-2 (USSR)
105 mm  Sharir (Israel)
120 mm  IMI MG251 (Israel)