M3 Bradley

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Fighting Vehicle, Cavalry, M3
us_m3_bradley.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.0/8.0/8.0BR
5 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
38 / 44 / 44Hull
25 / 25 / 25Turret
Mobility
22.7 tWeight
73 km/h forward
14 km/h back
65 km/h forward
12 km/h back
Speed
Armament
BGM-71B TOW ATGMRocket
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
300 roundsBelt capacity
201 shots/minFire rate
-9° / 59°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
4 400 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
750 shots/minFire rate
Economy
250 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 300 / 7 202/5 200 / 8 710/2 300 / 3 852Repair
200 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
× (226) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the light tank M3 Bradley. For other uses, see M3 (Disambiguation).

Description

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

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat?

If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.

Mobility

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability as well as the maximum speed forward and backward.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: M242 (25 mm)
25 mm M242
Capacity (Belt capacity each) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
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 __.__ __.__ __.__
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M791 APDS 110 101 95 69 52 41
M792 HEI-T* 2 2 2 1 1 1
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
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

Some tanks are armed with several guns in one or more turrets. Evaluate the additional weaponry and give advice on its use. Describe the ammunition available for additional weaponry. Give advice on how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage. If there is no additional weaponry remove this subsection.

Machine guns

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

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the vehicle, the features of using vehicles in the team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view but give the reader food for thought. Describe the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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)

Cons:

  • 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

History

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

Media

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

See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

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.) · M8 HMC
Post-war  M41A1 · T92 · M551 · M3 Bradley