The European Security & Defense website reports that the U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems to supply another 159 Bradley A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles for around €238 million until 31st March 2023.
Since 2018, the US Army has been looking to replace its 4,700 Bradleys under the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program. In its second attempt, the aim is to start series production in 2027. A major improvement in the Bradley A4 is the increased power train with almost 500 kW (A3: 441 kW), which, despite the increase in combat weight to 36.3 tons (34.3), results in an increase in maximum speed to 66 km/h (61 km/h). Digital electronics have also been used to improve situational awareness and integration into command and control networks. Last but not least, improved fire suppression and IED jammers provide increased protection.