Let’s take a look at what’s in a Bradley, courtesy of Hunnicut’s excellent work on the vehicle. Some of the information below is a little old (it’s from back when the M60 was the US Army’s squad support weapon), so I’ll make estimates for more modern systems as appropriate.
–Equipment for Vehicle Subsystems–
- Fuel: 175 gal.
- Engine oil: 26 qt.
- Ready 25mm rounds: 300
- Stowed 25mm rounds: 600
- Ready 7.62mm rounds: 800
- Stowed 7.62mm rounds: 1,4001
- Ready TOW missiles: 2 missiles
- Stowed TOW missiles: 5 missiles (Or 3 TOW missiles + 2 Javelin missiles, see below)
–Equipment for Dismounts–
- Stowed 7.62mm rounds: 2,2002
- Stowed 5.56mm rounds: 5,3203
- Stowed AT4 Rockets: 3 rockets
- Stowed ATGMs: 0 or 2 Javelin missiles
Curiously, in the tables in Hunnicutt’s book, both AT4 and M72 LAWs are listed as carried. In the text he mentions that AT4s were carried instead of LAWs and stowage was altered accordingly. I’ve gone with the latter here. We can also see that the Bradley is absolutely loaded with ammo.
- In Hunnicut’s table, ammo for the coax M240C is noted separately from the ammo for the M60 that’s to be deployed with the squad. I have preserved the distinction here (See also note 2) ↩
- These might also be used in the coax gun, since they’re still linked 7.62x51mm. Alternatively, this space should hold about 3,300 rounds of 5.56mm belted ammo for M249s, which is the current squad automatic weapon of the US Army. ↩
- Originally these were separated out for the M239 Firing port weapon and the infantry’s M16s, but the M239s didn’t work very well, and later versions of the Bradley plated over the firing ports. In any case, the M16 and M239 use the same magazines, so I haven’t split the ammo out here like Hunicutt does. ↩