posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 10:49 PM
Originally posted by Mkoll
reply to post by cavtrooper7
What would you have done differently with the Bradley?
CavTrooper probably would have better insight. But here are few things that could/would have been better on the Bradley. Its' armor is too thin.
It's turret mounted firepower, while impressive and handy, kept growing due to the continual redesign. No biggie other then it everytime they did
something new with it, it kept reducing the amount of troops it could carry. Originally the army wanted the thing to carry 9 to 12 troops, but the
Bradley only carries 7. Which means a mech infantry platoon of 4 Bradley's carries 28 dismounts. Kind of small for a infantry platoon, which is
normally 35 - 45 people.
They also wanted it to fight along side the M-1, but wanted it to be amphibious, which caused problems as well.
There was an HBO movie, "The Pentagon Wars" with Kelsey Grammer, which was based around the development of the Bradley and all it's problems. They
took some artistic license in order to make it a comedy and watchable, so some of the "events' portrayed, while based on actual events, aren't
quite as bad as they seem. But it would give you a pretty good idea of how the Bradley came to be, and all of the issues it has dealth with.