Golden Age Weaponsmiths M2 & M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles:
There are two main versions of the Bradley fighting vehicle, one is M2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle which can carry six troops and the M3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle which can only carry two troops but has the ability to carry more missiles for the TOW launcher.
A converted version of Bradley fighting vehicle was one of the first vehicles offered for sale by Golden Age Weaponsmiths. The problem was that sales of the vehicle were not up to what was wanted in capabilities by purchasers and sales suffered as a result. Several more caches of the old vehicle were found in what is believed to have been graveyards for the vehicle and it was believed that this was a great opportunity for more sales if an improved model could be developed for minimal cost. Golden Age began to examine the possibility of upgrading the vehicle's design using new weapons and some increases in the armor. The end result was a vehicle that not considerably more expensive to manufacture than the original model that Golden Age sold yet is far more capable. Sales of the upgraded model have increased by over 50% and mercenary companies who purchased the original Golden Age version have been looking to upgrade to the improved model
While armor has been marginally improved, the largest improvement is in the vehicles firepower. The 25-mm cannon was retained but with the use of the new ammunition types were developed for the GAU-12 cannon on the modified AV-8B, the damage of the weapon was vastly increased. This new ammunition has actually already replaced the old ammunition used on the first models refitted by Golden Age. This left the TOW missile launcher which most considered totally out-dated. The launcher was modified to launch short range missiles which are quite a bit smaller. While the launcher only retains the ability to carry two missiles and fire them, internal stowage has been increased. Eight short range missiles can be carried internally in the M2 version of the Bradley and sixteen short range missiles can be carried internally in the M3 version. The missiles have several advantages over the original TOW missiles including the introduction of different warhead and guidance types with the new guidance systems allowing for the engagement of air targets. New Wellington ammunition is used for the old 7.62 machine-gun but is still considered underpowered. As a result, many crews have replaced the machine-gun with rail guns which has the added advantage of using more common ammunition. Also popular is replacing the machine-gun with a Wellington automatic grenade launcher. Some crews have added an additional weapon system with mini-missile launchers being among crews' favorite. While the original version of the Bradley had firing ports, the ones of the sides were eliminated in later models and the ones on the ramp were eliminated when Golden age modified the vehicles.
Model Type: GAW M2A3
Vehicle Type: Armored Personnel Carrier
Crew: Three (Driver, Gunner, and Commander).
M. D. C. by Location:
| Tractor Treads (2):||30 each|
|25 mm Chain Gun (In Turret)||30|
|7.62 Machine Gun (1, Coaxial):||10 each|
|Short Range Missile Launcher (Side of Turret)||40|
|Smoke Grenade Launchers (2):||5 each|
|Headlights (2):||5 each|
|Reinforced Crew Compartment:||50|
|Reinforced Personnel Bay:||50|
| Main Body:||220|
 Depleting the M.D.C. of a tread will immobilize the platform until it is replaced. Replacing a tread will take 1D6x10 minutes by a trained crew (2 replacements are carried on board) or three times as long by the inexperienced. Changing the tread is only advisable when the vehicle is not under attack.
 If all the M.D.C. of the main body is depleted, the vehicle is completely shut down and is unsalvageable.
Ground: maximum speed on land is 41 mph (66 kph)
Water Capabilities: The Bradley fighting vehicle is designed to be amphibious and can cross small bodies of water. It is not designed for deep water use. The Bradley can travel in this manner at 4.4 mph (7.2 kph/3.9 knots).
Maximum Range: 300 miles (483 km)
Height: 9.8 feet (3.0 meters)
Width: 10.5 feet (3.2 meters)
Length: 21.3 feet (6.5 meters)
Weight: M2A3: 41,898.9 lbs (19,005) unloaded and 49,802.4 lbs (22,590) fully loaded. M2A3: 41,499.8 lbs (18,824) unloaded and 49,478.3 lbs (22,443) fully loaded.
Power Source: Conventional, Diesel (Cummins VTA-903T water-cooled 4 cycle diesel)
Cargo Capacity: Without troops, can carry up to 1.5 tons.
Black Market Cost: 105,000 Credits.
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