M3 Bradley

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Rank 2, Sweden
"The Swedish revolver": SAV 20.12.48
Fighting Vehicle, Cavalry, M3
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
117 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
38 / 44 / 44Hull
25 / 25 / 25Turret
22.7 tWeight
967 hp507 hpEngine power
43 hp/t22 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
73 km/h forward
14 km/h back
65 km/h forward
12 km/h back
12 roundsAmmunition
2 roundsBelt capacity
120 shots/minFire rate
-19° / 29°Vertical guidance
up to 12 km/hFire on the move
25 mm M242 cannonMain weapon
1 500 roundsAmmunition
0.2 / 0.3 sReload
300 roundsBelt capacity
201 shots/minFire rate
-9° / 59°Vertical guidance
4 400 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
750 shots/minFire rate
250 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 500 / 5 862/1 530 / 2 562/1 900 / 3 182Repair
200 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
226 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the light tank M3 Bradley. For other uses, see M3 (Disambiguation).


GarageImage M3 Bradley.jpg

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".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour protection of the Bradley CFV (Cavalry Fighting Vehicle) is relatively weak, it does offer protection from machine guns and some lower penetrating autocannon fire from the front, but most autocannons 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 autocannon is very small and therefore does not generally get knocked out. The vehicle does not often hull break.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 73 14 22.7 786 967 34.63 42.6
Realistic 65 12 448 507 19.74 22.33

The M3 Bradley has a maximum speed forward of 66 km/h or 49 km/h in battlefield conditions as well as -12 km/h in reverse. The transmission features 6 forward gears, 2 reverse as well as neutral steering. The vehicle is quite nimble and really only struggles to neutral steer in thick mud. Its lightweight allows it to traverse steep inclines with ease. It should be noted that the vehicles TOW missile launcher will automatically retract when the vehicle reaches speeds in excess of 10km/h.


Main armament

Main article: M242 (25 mm)
25 mm M242
Capacity (Belt capacity each) Fire rate
900 (300) 201 -9°/+59° ±180° Two-plane
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 57.1 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 35.7 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
0.3 __.__ __.__ __.__
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M791 APDS 81 80 76 70 66 61
M792 HEI-T* 2 2 2 1 1 1
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
M791 APDS 1,345 0.46 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 75° 78° 80°
M792 HEI-T* 1,100 0.50 0.4 0.1 32 +0° 79° 80° 81°

Additional armament

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Machine guns

Main article: M240 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm M240
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
4,400 (200) 750 N/A N/A

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 calibre APDS and HVAP hits from spaded light tanks, if it has the 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 autocannons, 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 the 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.

- From Devblog


Skins and camouflages for the M3 Bradley from live.warthunder.com.

See also

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External links

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.)
Post-war  M41A1 · T92 · M551 · M3 Bradley