So, I was driving from California to Phoenix yesterday. And was mildly surprised to see a Bradley being transported on a flatbed. I mean, I often see armor being transported, but it is usually MRAPs or FMTVs or Humvees. There aren’t any Army units nearby so you don’t see a lot of Army vehicles.
But there it was, a Bradley. I couldn’t reach my camera, sadly. But as I got closer, I realized it wasn’t just a Bradley, but a Bradley FIST. We earlier discussed the Infantry/Artillery Team and the importance of artillery forward observers. The forward observers in a mechanized or armored company team are called the Fire Support Team, or FIST (and yes, we always called them “fisters” and giggled like schoolgirls). For many years, the FIST was mounted on either an M113 or the M981 FIST Vehicle. But eventually, enough Bradley chassis were available to mount the fire support team on them. The biggest difference between a regular Bradley and the M7 B-FIST is that the TOW launcher has been replaced by a laser rangefinder/target designator and additional communications.