350 American armoured vehicles to be sent to Greece

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A Greek Army team will head to the United States to select 350 Bradley IFVs (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles) from the U.S. Army surplus stocks, according to Military Leaks.

The armoured vehicles will replace the army’s old M113s, while at the same time Greece is procuring 1,200 M1117 vehicles based on the Cadillac Gage V-100 and V-150 Commandos.

The Bradley M2A2s will bring much-desired support to the fleet of Leopard 2HEL main battle tanks.

The M2A2 Bradley was introduced in late 1980s and is an improved version of the standard vehicle Bradley M2A1. Additional armour plating has been added to the front and the side of the hull.

The M2A2 Bradley has the exact same armament as the previous version (Bradley M2A1) and is armed with an ATK Gun Systems Company M242 25 mm Bushmaster Chain Gun with a 7.62 mm M240C machine gun mounted co-axially to the right of the main armament.

The Bradley is manufactured by BAE Systems Land & Armaments, formerly United Defence. It was named after U.S. General Omar Bradley and is designed to transport infantry or scouts with armour protection, while providing cover fire to suppress enemy troops and armoured vehicles.

Bradley variants include the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle and the M3 Bradley cavalry fighting vehicle.

The M2 holds a crew of three (a commander, a gunner, and a driver) along with six fully equipped soldiers.

The Greek Army, formed in 1828, is the land force of Greece and is currently the largest branch of the Hellenic Armed Forces. The heavy equipment and weaponry of the Greek Army is mostly of foreign manufacture - mostly from German, French, Italian, American, British and Russian suppliers.

A notable exception is the indigenous Leonidas armoured personnel carrier which was built by the Hellenic Vehicles Manufacturer Industry ELVO, and produces the ELVO Kentaurus fighting vehicle.