The Army is still liking the Bradley enough to consider upgrades. BAE Systems is nearing the end of the main production run for Bradley Fighting Vehicles -- whose average per-vehicle age across the fleet is only six years. It has been reported that BAE has been hunting for sustainment deals that will keep the program alive until a next-generation replacement is needed.
According to reports, BAE has found ample life support with a recent contract to modernize 353 Bradleys for select National Guard units; the contractor also is working on a reset deal to refurbish vehicles used in recent military conflicts.
The company received a $306 million contract modification to upgrade the vehicles. This production contract is in addition to $340 million in funding the company has received to purchase upgrade materials for the Bradley program, bringing the full contract total to $646 million.
BAE will upgrade Bradley Operation Desert Storm M2A2, M3A2 and M7 Bradley Fire Support Team vehicles to Operation Desert Storm Situational Awareness (ODS-SA) configurations, given them most of the same enhancements at the A-3 vehicles.
The Bradley ODS-SA upgrade integrates the latest digitized electronics providing soldiers with optimal situational awareness, network connectivity and enhanced communication hardware.
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