Army asks DRS to upgrade and repair digital power control in Bradley combat vehicle vetronics
WARREN, Mich., 6 Jan. 2016. Vetronics experts at DRS Technologies will upgrade and repair a digital power-control unit for the U.S. Army M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle under terms of a $16.5 million contract announced Tuesday.
Officials of the Tank and Automotive branch of the Army Contracting Command in Warren, Mich., are asking the DRS Network and Imaging Systems (NIS) division in Melbourne, Fla., to upgrade and repair the Bradley's digital vehicle distribution box.
This assembly is a power-distribution and -control box for the automotive and diagnostic systems in the Bradley's vetronics suite.
The Bradley moves infantry or scouts with armor protection, while providing covering fire to suppress enemy soldiers and combat vehicles. It holds a crew of three and six soldiers.
The armored vehicle has a 25-millimeter chain gun, TOW anti-tank missiles, and 7.62-millimeter machine gun. The vehicle weighs 27.6 tons, can move as fast as 35 miles per hour, and has a range of 250 miles.
The BAE Systems Platforms & Services segment in Santa Clara, Calif., is the Bradley's manufacturer. The company is supervising upgrades to the vehicle that include enhancements to its electrical system to enable the M2A3 fleet to host subsystems like the Joint Tactical Radar System (JTRS), Force Battle Command & Below (FBCB2), and Warfighter Integrated Network-Tactical (WIN-T).
On this contract DRS-NIS will do the work at separate locations , and should be finished by December 2022. For more information contact DRS-NIS online at www.drsinfrared.com, or the Army Contracting Command-Tank and Automotive at www.tacom.army.mil.