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July 10, 2012

Bradley upgrades: Ahead of schedule, under budget

BAE Systems recently completed Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III upgrades to 236 U.S. Army Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicles stationed in Korea one month early and 20 percent under budget.

BUSK upgrades enhance the protection, capabilities, and functionality of Bradley Combat Systems in urban operations.

“These upgrades greatly improve the survivability of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle,” said John G. Tile, director of BAE Systems Bradley Programs. “Our joint U.S. government/BAE Systems Team Bradley continues to work to keep Soldiers safe while being a good steward to the American public by providing BUSK III in both a time and cost efficient manner.”

In an article for www.army.mil, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Glenn Dean who serves as product manager for Bradley said that the joint USG /BAE Systems BUSK III installation team applied approximately 2,400 total Modification Work Order and repairs on 236 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, finishing a month earlier than projected and 20 percent under budget – constituting roughly $700,000 in savings.

The BUSK III, conceived by U.S. Army commanders in the field (designed and built by BAE System in Santa Clara, Calif., and York, Penn., respectively), allows the U.S. Army’s Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle to better adapt to the rigors of urban combat. BUSK III incorporates four modifications including a blast-proof fuel cell, a blast resistant driver seat, a turret survivability system and an emergency ramp release.

The recent BUSK MWO in Korea began in January 2012, under BAE Systems Technical Support contract.

The next scheduled stop for the team is Fort Carson, Colo., where the 4th Infantry Division’s Bradleys will undergo the BUSK III installation.




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