In a very important development, for the strength of the Greek armed forces, the request of the Greek side for the supply of M2A2 Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicles in the ODS version, through EDA from the reserves of the US Army, has finally been answered by the United States.
The answer states that Greece can procure up to 300 armored vehicles of this type in the state in which they are stored (as is where is).
About the M2A2 Bradley ODS
During the 1991 Gulf War, a specialized version of the M2 Bradley known as Operation Desert Storm (ODS) was developed specifically for the fighting in that region.
The ODS version of the M2 Bradley has a number of significant upgrades that set it apart from its previous versions.
The “Operation Desert Storm” and “Operation Desert Storm-Engineer” improvements were based on lessons learned during the first Gulf War in 1991. Major improvements included a laser range finder (ELRF), a tactical navigation system (TACNAV) incorporating the Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver (PLGR) and Digital Compass Systems (DCS). A missile countermeasure device designed to defeat first-generation guided missiles and the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) Battlefield Command Information System.
Interior storage was further improved and a thermal imaging system was added for the driver. The infantry squad was again increased to seven men, six of whom sat opposite each other in two 3-man benches in the passenger compartment, with the seventh back in the position behind the turret.
With the retirement of the Dragon missile, the vehicle was able to carry some Javelin anti-tank missiles.
The Bradley’s armament is completed by its 25mm M242 chain gun, with a total of 900 rounds, its dual TOW launcher, with 7 TOW missiles stored in the vehicle and a coaxial 7.62mm M240 machine gun.
This is one of the most noticeable aspects of the overall design of the vehicle.
Although the M2A2 Bradley has undergone a steady stream of improvements during its lifetime, the M2A2 Bradley ODS continues to be a key component of the United States Army’s armored vehicle inventory and an effective tool for military operations.
Therefore, the prospect of its inclusion in the Greek Army is positive, as long as the vehicles are in good condition and there is a sound upgrade plan to maintain their combat level, most probably through BAE Systems.
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