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M2A3 Bradley

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This article is about the HECU APC. For the Combine APC, see Armored Personnel Carrier.

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M2A3 Bradley
General information
Faction

HECU

Type
Crew

3 + 6

Weapon(s)

25mm chaingun or TOW missile launcher

Game information
Entity

N/A (brush (the turret itself is named "func_breakable")

Designer(s)

Karen Laur[1]

The M2A3 Bradley[2] is a US military infantry fighting vehicle used by the HECU during the Black Mesa Incident. Its main uses are to transport troops around the facility and provide them support with heavy firepower.

Tactics[edit]

Rocket launcher Bradley in the Topside Motorpool in Half-Life.
  • The Bradley can only be destroyed by explosives (such as the RPG) or other heavy weapons such as the Tau Cannon. Small arms fire will not cause any damage to the Bradley whatsoever.
  • Two types of Bradleys can be found in the games: one equipped with a 25mm cannon, another with a rocket launcher. The rocket-equipped Bradleys are easier to destroy, because the rockets they fire can be avoided and even guided back to the tank by the player with the RPG's laser. The cannon-equipped Bradleys are more difficult to destroy. Not only do they shoot faster, but the projectiles cannot be seen, making them harder to dodge.
  • When on top of it, the Bradley can be destroyed with the crowbar.
  • Unlike the M1A1 Abrams tank, the Bradley's turret can swivel 360 degrees, making it impossible to sneak up on the vehicle from behind.
  • It also can be defeated by backfire. With the RPG's laser guide, it is possible to guide the Bradley's rockets back at it.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit]

  • Unused camouflage textures for the Bradley can be found in the Half-Life game files. It is unknown whether they were used in old builds of Half-Life or are leftovers of the early Team Fortress 2.
  • Although a model is present in the Decay files, it does not appear in-game. Its only animations are related to the back door opening (happening in the Topside Motorpool in Half-Life), and for the turret moving around and aiming. The inside textures are not completed like in the brush versions seen in-game.
  • As with many vehicles that appears in Half-Life, the M2A3 Bradley can be seen in some Counter-Strike maps, for example, in Piranesi, there is a Bradley in the Counter-Terrorist base.
  • As seen in the Weather Control story fragment featured in Raising the Bar, Bradleys were to be used by the Half-Life 2 Conscripts.[4]

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