Procurement: July 4, 2005

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The U.S. Army is spending $1.1 billion to rebuild over a thousand M-2 Bradley armored vehicles. Most have seen hard service in Iraq, but some that were put into storage after the 1991 Gulf War, and are now being hauled out and given the refurb treatment (to add the latest accessories). In the 1990s, as the United States reduced the size of its army, thousands of modern armored vehicles (M-1 tanks and M-2 Infantry vehicles) were put into storage. The U.S. Army has just completed, in the 1980s, a replacement of an older generation of armored vehicles (the M-60 tank and M-113 infantry vehicle). With the Cold War over, a lot of relatively new vehicles were no longer needed. Even after all the reserve units got the new stuff, there were surplus vehicles. Fortunately, they were not sold off for scrap, but were put in storage. Iraq was not exactly the kind of war the M-2s were designed for. Iraq has put more wear and tear, and less combat damage, on the Bradleys. Thus many of these worn down M-2s can be rebuilt to like-new condition. While that is being done, the recalled vehicles are put into service.

 


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