In the sprawling saga of modern mechanized warfare, where the clank and roar of armored beasts dominate the battlefield, the old warhorses are getting a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart.

I’m talking about the venerable M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a stalwart of United States muscle that’s been rumbling across combat zones since the days when Reagan was calling shots in the White House.

Now, under the watchful eye of the US Army Contracting Command and the wizards at BAE Systems in York, Pennsylvania, these aging titans are set for a rebirth, morphing into the M2A4 and M7A4 Bradley combat vehicles with a hefty $78.4 million kiss of life.

The Bradley’s New Battle Gear

Let’s cut through the military-industrial complex jargon and see what’s really going down.

BAE Systems isn’t just tinkering around the edges; they’re conducting a full-blown Frankenstein operation, breathing new life into these steel behemoths.

Last October, they snagged an astounding $288.4 million to start the party, followed by another $113.1 million in August to keep the good times rolling.

Bradley Fighting Vehicle
Among the newest version of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, October 2020 (Image source: DVIDS)

The goal?

To stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other modern armored combat vehicles strutting their stuff with the speed and firepower that make enemies think twice.