By World News Report
The U.S. Army’s long-term quest to replace its aging fleet of infantry combat vehicle seems to have reached a dead end. Even before this too the U.S. military had tried to replace the M2 Bradley tracked vehicle twice but failed each time after having spent $20 billion in the process to develop or find a suitable replacement.
At this rate, it would take minimum five to 10 years to find a worthy replacement and by the time they finally retire; the Bradley would have been in service for nearly 50 years
The M2 Bradley entered service in the U.S. Army in 1981 and were intended to transport up to seven soldiers into battle. Both M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and M3 Bradley cavalry fighting vehicle are named after General Omar Bradley known for saying, “Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than about peace, more about killing than we know about living.”
The Bradley was developed to counter the USSR’s armored personnel carriers – the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles – a combination of armored personnel carrier (APC) and light tank, which allowed the infantry to travel safely.
The US Army began the search to replace the Bradley Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) in 2010, but canceled it just four years later after an expense of $1.5 billion.