Tropic Test of Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems.
Final test plan.
FMC CORP SAN JOSE CA ORDNANCE GROUP
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The Bradley Fighting Vehicle System BFVS is the follow-on program which resulted from a March 1977 DA decision to terminate the Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle MICV program and to develop a vehicle that mounted a two-man turret which incorporates a 25-mm cannon and a tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided TOW antitank missile. The two primary vehicles of the BFVS are an Infantry Fighting Vehicle IFV, designated the M2, and the Calvary Fighting Vehicle CFV, the M3. For the 25mm hardstand test PQG, Program Manager PM, BFVS was directed to test and evaluate two candidate 25mm weapons for the role as the main armament for the IFVCFV. The Hughes Helicopters externally powered gun was selected as the main armament for the IFVCFV. The OT-1A test was an OTEA-directed separate operational test of the two competing 25mm guns installed in BFVS turrets to provide preliminary data on the relative operational capability of the gun systems. Such data were submitted to the selection board for consideration in gun selection. This test provided the operational tester insight into issues relating to reliability, availability, maintainability RAM, human factors, training, personnel selection, system capability, and operational effectiveness of the 25mm gun candidates. The vehicles were operated for approximately 806km 500Mi each, and approximately 5000 rounds were fired from each of the 25mm guns.
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