Infantry Drills

E-27: Mobility Disadvantages

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E-27. The BFV consumes significant quantities of fuel, but less than a M1-series Abrams tank. The BFV is louder than the M1-series Abrams tank, and like the M1-series Abrams tank, its engine must be started periodically in cold weather or when using the thermal night sight and radios to ensure the batteries stay charged. Like all heavy vehicles, the noise, obscurants, and dust generated by the BFV makes it difficult for the Infantry to capitalize on its ability to move with stealth and avoid detection when moving on the same approach. Improvised barricades, narrow streets and alleyways, or large amounts of rubble can block a BFV in an urban area, and heavy woods will restrict their movement in rural areas. The 25-mm cannon does not project out over the front of the Bradley like a tank, but protrudes over the sides when the gunner is aiming at 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock. This causes some problems for the Bradley when trying to negotiate narrow avenues of approach. Attaching and removing rucksacks to the exterior of the vehicle can be a lengthy process, and rucksacks are exposed to enemy fire.

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