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M6 Bradley Linebacker



Overview


M6 Bradley Linebacker

The M6 Bradley Linebacker in use in Iraq in 2005.
Source: US Army (Spc Darrick Fritz) - © public domain

Origin
United States
Type
Self-propelled SAM system
Entered service
1997
Status
Out of service
Development
Mid 1990's
Developer
United States - Boeing
Production
Late 1990's
Producer
United States
Number produced
99
Designations
Linebacker
Notable users
United States

Description


Introduction

A total of 100 M2A2 ODS were converted into an air defense vehicle by replacing the two round TOW launcher with a four round Stinger launcher. The vehicle was renamed M6 Bradley Linebacker. It served as an interim solution and is now out of service. In 2005 and 2006 the remaining 88 vehicles were converted back to M2A2 ODS.

Design

The M6 Bradley Linebacker is a conversion of existing M2A2 ODS Bradley mechanized infantry combat vehicles. The two round BGM-71 TOW launcher is replaced by a larger square launcher for four FIM-92 Stinger surface to air missiles. Additional modification entails the fitting of a modified fire control system, optical tracker and navigation system. Internally the stowage is modified for additional Stinger missiles and a gripstock launcher for use away from the vehicle.

Firepower

The main anti-aircraft armament of the Linebacker is the FIM-92 Stinger surface to air missile. This is a small infrared guided surface to air missile which can also fired using a man portable gripstock launcher. Four missiles are ready to fire and an additional six missiles are carried inside. The 25mm M242 autocannon in the turret is retained. This can be used against ground targets and slow moving aerial targets, such as hovering helicopters. A 7.62mm M240 coaxial machine gun is fitted as coaxial armament.

Protection

The Bradley has spaced aluminum armor which protects the crew from small arms five and shell splinters all around and heavy machine gun rounds over the frontal arc. The appliqué side armor protects from 14.5mm rounds. Furthermore, ERA can be added to the front and sides and provides a degree of protection against 30mm APDS and RPG-7 rounds. An NBC system and 2x4 smoke grenade launchers are present as well.

Mobility

The tracked chassis provides the Bradley Linebacker with a good all terrain performance. The M2A2 chassis featured the more powerful Cummins 600 hp diesel engine. The maximum road speed is 61 km/h and the cruising range is 400 km. With proper preparation the Bradley is amphibious.

Users

The M6 Bradley Linebacker was converted from existing Bradleys to meet a US Army requirement. A total of 99 vehicles entered service from 1997 onward and were in service less than a decade. The remaining 88 vehicles were converted back to M2A2 ODS in 2005 and 2006.

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Details


Facts M6 Bradley Linebacker
General
Origin
United States
Type
Self-propelled SAM system
Crew
3 + 2 (commander, driver, gunner, 2 man Stinger team)
Dimensions
Weight
29.9 t combat load
Length
6.55 m
Width
3.31 m
Height
2.97 m
Main armament
Type
25mm M242 autocannon
Mount
Main gun in turret
Ammunition
600 rounds, 300 ready to fire
Elevation
-9° to +57°, 60°/s powered
Traverse
360°, 60°/s powered
Stabilizer
Yes, both axis
Coaxial armament
Type
7.62mm M240C machine gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
3.200 rounds, 400 ready to fire
Traverse
Traverse and elevation as main armament
Stabilizer
Yes, both axis
Surface to air missiles
Type
FIM-92 Stinger
Mount
Quadruple launch box on left side of turret
Ammunition
10 missiles, 4 ready to fire
Elevation
Powered
Traverse
360°, 60°/s powered
Stabilizer
No
Chassis
Chassis type
Tracked chassis
Layout
5 roadwheels, drive sprocket front, idler rear
Track width
0.53 m
Track on ground
3.91 m
Tread
2.40 m
Ground pressure
0.72 kg/cm²
Suspension
Torsion bar
Automotive
Engine model
Cummins VTA-903T
Engine type
8-cylinder turbo diesel
Power output
600 hp at 2.600 rpm
Transmission
HMPT-500 hydromechanical
Fuel
662 L
Mobility
Speed
61 km/h on road
6 km/h afloat
Range
400 km on road
Turn radius
Pivot
Power to weight ratio
20.0 hp/t
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.46 m
Wall
0.8 m
Trench
2.1 m
Gradient
60 %
Slope
40 %
Fording
Amphibious
Protection
Armor type
Aluminum and appliqué side skirts, optional ERA
NBC system
Yes
Smoke system
2x4 smoke grenade dischargers
Equipment
Night vision
Yes, thermal
Radio
Yes

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