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Subject: Where have all the Bradleys Gone?
Mindfall    10/24/2012 11:16:48 PM
Hi all, long time reader first time poster- I have noticed over the last couple of years that the Bradley IFVs are almost never seen anymore- at least in the media. Everything is about the Strikers/LAVs or the various MRAP vehicles. Have Bradleys been retired or have they just not been deployed in strength to Afghanistan or Iraq? Cheers Brett from Australia
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WarNerd       10/25/2012 1:42:22 AM
The Bradly’s were mainly deployed outside the cities in Iraq where their treads gave them more cross country mobility than wheeled vehicles and didn’t chew up the streets. They were just where the “barstool reporters” couldn’t see them.
In Afghanistan the governing factor are logistics and IEDs, so there are not that many armored vehicles, except the MRAPs, period. It is to limit fuel consumption. Also they apparently intend to leave the MRAPs behind when they pull out.
Note – Because the various MRAPs are designed for a single purpose, to resist the effects of IEDs, they are more effective than the striker in that regard only. A Striker can maneuver off road, a MRAP quickly bogs down on anything except hard packed ground.
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