Bradley Tracked Armored Vehicles Will Become Hybrid
British company BAE Systems will upgrade American tracked combat vehicles, Bradley, the company said in a statement. Under the terms of the agreement with the US Army, the company must equip combat vehicles with hybrid propulsion systems. It is assumed that this improvement will make Bradley more maneuverable, lighter, and more economical.
Bradley, adopted in 1981, is a universal tracked platform of military equipment, based on which infantry fighting vehicles, reconnaissance, command, and some other vehicles are produced. The weight of the Bradley is about 28 tons with a length of 6.6 meters, a width of 3.6 meters, and a height of 3 meters. The armored vehicle can move at a speed of up to 56 kilometers per hour over a distance of up to 400 kilometers.
The Bradley combat vehicle is equipped with a 600 horsepower Cummins VTA-903T diesel engine. The transmission of the car is made in a single unit with the engine and has three fixed gears forward and one backward. Automatic gear shifting. Drive from the engine is carried out on the front lantern wheels of the track. Sloths with a track hydraulic tension mechanism are located at the rear.
Integrating a Hybrid Electric Drive system into combat vehicles vastly increases on-board power and provides a significant increase in mobility, lethality options, and range, all of which enable overmatching operational capabilities,” said Scott Davis, vice president of BAE Systems’ Ground Vehicles product line. “BAE Systems has invested and collaborated with industry for more than 40 years to advance HED technology and develop vehicle architectures and demonstrators. A systems approach to vehicle electrification enables break-through capabilities in the current and future platforms our warfighters need to maintain battlefield superiority.”
Under the terms of the agreement with the US Army, BAE Systems will have to create an upgraded prototype of the Bradley, on which the diesel engine will be replaced by a hybrid with an electric drive of the driving wheels. Details about the composition of the hybrid propulsion system are not specified. BAE Systems said that such an installation would eliminate the heavy hydro-mechanical control system in favor of a lighter and more reliable electric station system.
After the successful completion of prototype testing, all Bradleys will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system.
In the spring of last year, the US Army announced a tender for the development of an optional controlled combat vehicle, which in the future will be able to replace the outdated Bradley in the troops. The new vehicles will have to operate in combat conditions both under the control of the crew and without it.