The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


Fighting vehicle system carrier, Launch rocket system carrier

As an interim air defense measure, Stinger antiaircraft missiles were deployed on the standard Bradley infantry fighting vehicle system carrier. General Electric proposed the installation ofthe Blazer antiaircraft turret on the Bradley chassis. This turret was armed with two, four tube, Stinger missile launchers as well as a GAU-12/U 25mm Gatlingtype gun. The 25mm gun was provided with 360 ready rounds and Hydra-70 2.75 inch rockets also could be carried.

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Bradley chassis vehicle, TOW missile launcher

The M981 FIST-V based upon the M113 series armored personnel carrier provided essential field artillery support for the maneuver forces. With the introduction of the M1 main battle tank and the Bradley fighting vehicle, it was obvious that a new fire support team vehicle with comparable performance was required. Such a vehicle, designated as the XM7 FIST-V was built by United Defense based Upon the Bradley -A20DS.

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Bradley turret vehicle

In early 1990, a strap-on prototype of a battlefield laser was tested at Fort Bliss, Texas. Referred to as the Stingray laser self-protection system, it was intended to blind or disable the optical sights and periscopes of enemy vehicles. Under development by Martin Marietta since 1982, a demonstration version was tested during 1986/87. The strap-on prototype was enclosed in an armored housing hinged to the right side of the Bradley turret vehicle. It was equipped with an internal display and a joystick control. The Stingray was under development as part of the U.S. Army Armored Systems Modernization Program.

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Squad compartment vehicle M2A2 and M3A2

The installation of the gas participate filter unit differed on the IFV and the CFV. On the M2E1, face masks and hoses connected to the central filter unit were provided only for the driver, gunner and M3 fighting vehicle commander. The infantrymen in the squad compartment vehicle M2A2 and M3A2 had individual masks and filter units built into their protective suits. This permitted them to leave the vehicle for dismounted operations. On the M3E1, all five crew members had masks connected to the central filter unit.

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M3 fighting vehicle

The gunner had a 180 degree view toward the front through two unity power periscopes in front of his hatch. A 4x and 12x day/night (thermal) sight was provided as the primary sight for the guns and the TOW missile. A 5x auxiliary sight also was installed to be shared by the gunner and the vehicle commander. The vehicle commander had 360 degree vision through seven unity power periscopes around his hatch and an optical relay permitted him to see through the gunner's day/night (thermal) sight. An external sight also was installed for open hatch firing. The vehicle radios were located in the turret bustle.

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