Dragon DRA60354 US M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle w/ ERA - 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom, North of Baghdad, 2004 (1:72 Scale)
"We will carry out a campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility ... and by the application of overwhelming force."
- CENTCOM commander General Tommy Franks commenting on the conduct of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, March 21st, 2003
The M2 Bradley is the US Army's first mechanized infantry combat vehicle. The first production models appeared in 1981 (at the height of the Cold War), and they were soon being produced at the rate of 600 per year. The hull of the M2 is made of aluminum, with a layer of space laminated armor applied for added protection. The Bradley is equipped with a 25mm Bushmaster cannon and stabilizer to allow for firing on the move. Its troop compartment, located in the rear, is fitted with firing ports and periscopes to allow troops to fire from within the vehicle. Night vision capability and a nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) defense system are standard on all of the different variants. The Bradley plays a key role in the US Army's combined arms concept, but critics say it is too big, too expensive, and too difficult to maintain and is insufficiently armored to operate with main battle tanks on the battlefield.
This particular 1:72 scale upgraded version of the Bradley appeared in 2000, and the vehicle's systems are now totally digitized, with improved fire control, target acquisition, navigation and situational awareness capabilities. Visually, the M2A3 is easily identifiable by its distinctive Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV) mounted on the right side of the turret. All the unique features of the M2A3 are present on this fine new Dragon Armor (e.g. CITV, additional armor, GPS antenna, EPLR antenna), creating an extremely accurate replica of the original vehicle. The M2A3 Bradley is the USA's premier IFV for the 21st century, and with Dragon Armor's new release, collectors will be ready for action in any theater of war whether in Iraq or elsewhere around the world! Sold Out!
Length: 4.5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: December 2007
Historical Account: "Combined Arms" - The 1st Cavalry Division ("First Team") is a heavy armored division of the United States Army with base of operations in Fort Hood, Texas. It is the largest division of the U.S. Army with 16,700 soldiers. The division did not take part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. However, it deployed to Iraq in early 2004, relieving the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad.
Effective July 15th, 2005, the 1st Cavalry Division transitioned to the Unit of Action modified table of organization and equipment (MTOE). No longer are brigade sized elements made up purely of armor and/or infantry battalions. Brigades are now composed of Combined Arms Teams (CAB), meaning that every maneuver battalion is identical in organization and makeup to any other maneuver battalion, excluding the brigade reconnaissance squadrons. Each maneuver battalion is now a mixture of infantry, armor, engineer, and miscellaneous support personnel. The U.S. Army maintains only one company-sized element of horse troops (the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment), although the U.S. Special Operations Command includes horseback riding soldiers in its operations.