Very Bad Bradley Tactics

The only other nation to buy the Bradley Fighting Vehicle is Saudi Arabia. They bought 400 after seeing its performance in Desert Storm. And they are currently using them in Yemen against Iranian backed Houthi rebels. Unfortunately, they’re not using them well.


That first attack is simply inexcusable.  The dismount team should have been providing local security.  As for the ATGM attacks, again, crews need to be alert and scanning their sectors.

Another point. Compare this video of a Russian built vehicle immediately bursting into flames. Think back to the video of the Bradleys.  You’ll notice they don’t instantly brew up. The vehicle might be inoperative, or even beyond repair, but the fire suppression system works, at least long enough for the crew to escape.

And take a look at this video of US forces training in Ft. Irwin. Vehicle commanders are up and scanning. They’re also using their weapons to suppress any possible missile teams.


7 thoughts on “Very Bad Bradley Tactics”

  1. On any given day (during rotation of course), I could produce video of the same thing occuring at JMRC. Fortunately it is all lasers here… Alert crews can only do so much; your comment about the role of dismounts is dead on. They must get out and actively deny terrain to the enemy. Yet we are consistently short in dismounts, or consider Scout Brads that are even more limited in their dismounted capability.

  2. Inexcusable is The word on that one, just terrible. I was just talking about this with a friend the other day. Back in 2001 we did some training with the Kuwaiti Army, (might have been their National Guard or whatever?). They had Warriors which we got to work with up close and BMP-3s which I only saw from a distance. The Warriors even had air conditioning! Which seemed to lead to one of the problems we ran into, where our crews stayed at about name-tag defilade so they could see, the Kuwaiti troops would never stick their heads out of the track, and seemed to have a hard time seeing around. They nearly ran into each other a couple of times. If I remember right these guys were some sort of armoured recon or cav, at least I remember thinking so because they never carried more than one or two dismounts. Now Kuwaitis aren’t Saudis, but I suspect that there might be a similar mindset.

    1. They did kick our butts on the soccer match we had at the cookout they threw to celebrate the end of the training cycle.

  3. Close terrain is not an AFV’s friend, even with dismounts. Particularly if it is alone.

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