The “Hound Battalion,” 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is the first unit to complete field-level maintenance and operator new equipment training on the modernized M2A4 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and received the U.S. Army First Unit Equipped award from the Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems on April 22 at Fort Stewart. The Army rolled out the first M2A4 BFVs to the “Spartan Brigade,” 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, on Feb. 1. The near decade-long effort to upgrade the BFV culminated in the first unit, 3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, equipped with, and trained on the M2A4 variant, upgraded with enhanced mobility and power generation capabilities. The enhancements include power modernization to regain speed performance and increased power in the turret, allowing the platform to host future technologies.
“This Bradley variant will ensure that the platform maintains combat relevance now and for decades to come as we wait for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, or OMFV, platform to eventually replace it. We fielded the most capable Bradley Fighting Vehicle to date, with the Bradley in service for three decades. Because the A4 variant has enhanced mobility and power generation, we’ll be able to integrate new technologies.,” said Brig. Gen. Glenn Dean, the Program Executive Officer for PEO GCS.
“The upgrades involved a holistic plan to produce, ship, transfer and train units to operate and maintain the M2A4 BFV for their warfighting mission. The last upgrade to the Bradley was in 2002. The Army plans to continue providing field units with the A4 variant until the new OMFV is produced, which will eventually replace the Bradley,” said Lt. Col. Mario Iglesias, the PEO GCS M2A4 BFV product manager.
“Cronos Company,” Charlie Company, 3rd Bn., 67th AR, 2nd ABCT, completed the M2A4 BFV operator new equipment training on Mar. 21, making the company and its battalion the tip of the spear in the Army’s modernization efforts. The increased lethality the modernized M2A4 BFV brings to the warfighter is not lost on the Soldiers of the 3rd Bn., 67th AR. The increase in power generation and distribution greatly increases the capability of current and future electronic additions. The addition of the commander’s independent viewer from the previous Bradley variant greatly increases the situational awareness within each crew to fight, survive and win. The Spartan Brigade is on glide path to become the most modern U.S. Army brigade combat team this fall. The U.S. Army plans to roll out five brigade sets. The first unit equipped, 3rd Bn., 67th AR, will receive 21 M2A4 BFVs. The Army is planning and coordinating to roll out more than 700 M2A4 BFVs through 2029. The average cost of an M2A4 BFV is $4.35 million.