The Bradley Technology Demonstrator (TD) developed by BAE Systems introduces
system upgrades designed to support the future modular Heavy
Brigade Combat Teams (HBCTs), ensuring current forces' compatibility
with FCS. The Bradley TD is developed as a risk reduction initiative,
evaluating FCS compatible enhancements on current platforms.
The Bradley TD mounts an automatic, remotely controlled 30/40
mm Mk44 cannon, configured in a remotely controlled version
of the Bradley turret. Most of the vetronics systems were relocated
to the turret, clearing much needed hull space. The removal
of the turret bustle and fuel tanks cleared significant extra
space in the hull, increasing the capacity of the vehicle to
12 (the driver, commander, gunner and nine troops).
The commander's thermal sight is combined with remotely controlled
light automatic weapon (M-249) forming an independent weapon
system. Armor protection is enhanced with appliqué ceramic
side armor, installed between the base armor and reactive tiles.
A new feature tested with the Bradley TD is Panoramic Vision,
an ensemble of video cameras mounted at each corner to provide
the crew a panoramic vision of the vehicle's surroundings. All
systems and displays support virtual, simulated and live training
enabling the crew with to train on-board their combat vehicle.
Bradley TD is fitted with double-pin track offering safer and
quieter ride on hard surfaces. Crew and passenger seats are
suspended and fitted with shock absorbing. For extended silent
watch operations, the vehicle is equipped with an auxiliary
power unit. To improve maintenance and support, the Bradley
TD is equipped with embedded diagnostics and on-vehicle level
1 IETM improving maintenance and support.