What happened? Why are you here, and not in the frontline with us? We’re trying to reconstruct what happened, we arrived at the scene, with military transport vehicle. And I fell out of it. Yes, I thought that was his own way of getting out, with style. Yes, David took one step, and at the next moment, My feet got stuck, and… You were just laying on your back, like a tiny bug. I was on the ground, but I got up again! The last shot of the uninjured hand (text on screen) How is your wrist now? It hurts. I will not use my right hand for a while. Text: Diagnosis Fracture Text: Therapy: 7 titanium screws Well, in this episode, David “Living Dangerous” Mesterházi may stay more in the background, than he usually does, because he is fighting for his life. But he is getting himself together now. Most people thinks that war is just a bunch of tanks fighting with each other, and the tanks are regularly bombed down by a Messerschmitts. But it is false. In the real world , there are many types of armored vehicles, and what most people would call a tank, are something entirely else. Just because something is heavy and tracked, does not make it a tank. Just like the M2 Bradley is also not a tank, although it looks like one, and it is also one of the most dangerous weapon in the known Universe. More specifically, on Earth. Well, on Earth, and on every planet we discovered, because we did not find deadlier item anywhere else. That’s true. You can identify a tank most easily, by looking at the Big F*cking Gun it has. Like on these Soviet-made T72-s, which are still the main line of defense in most Eastern European countries, from the seventies. And they made more than 25 thousand of them. So, the T72 is a real tank, which can shoot out of its cannon barrel such ugly things, that no one wants to see in their living room. The same can be also true for the Bradley, which is NOT a tank, but it has anti-tank missiles, like in this container, 7 pieces per tank in average. So mathematically you only need 3500 of them, to defeat all the T72s ever built. And did they produce that much Bradleys? Of course, more than 4,500 have been made since 1981. The M2 was named after Omar Bradley a World War II General, and the development was quite bumpy. The first prototypes were pretty lame. They did not have enough armour, or they had problems with their maneuver-capabilities, or they turned out to be too heavy for air transportation. The main problem was that Bradley was designed as a troop transport vehicle, designed to easily and quickly carry 11 soldiers to the frontline. Then the Army thought that it should observational capabilities, and they put a big turret onto the chassis as a lookout point. But it made the frame too tall, and it became too easy to notice. So they stuffed it with weapons to make it capable to destroy anything that would notice the Bradley. And what we see here, is the arrival of Soviet military technology. The Hungarian Army’s BTR just entered the field, and next to it, there are the Bradleys. What a wonderful meeting it is, as both vehicle was actually developed to fight the other one. and now here they are, as part of the NATO, and they are fighting as brothers, for freedom, and for other such great things. Tell me about the Bradley’s interior. If you they ran over a mine, it hits the bottom with a terrible force that is why the seats are not on the floor, but on the sidewalls. Oh yeah, that is why there are these footrests. Exactly and your feet should not be put down to the ground, for the same reason. In case of an explosion, you would kick out your own teeth. And now they will throw away the thing that will do something.
In case of an explosion, you would kick out your own teeth. Right now, I can smell only a firecracker that we threw out of our vehicle. And yes, there’s the smoke. All three of them ran away, who knows, a smoke can be very dangerous, it is better to retreat. I suppose, they noticed some kind of event, and as a result they scattered. But later they may return in attack formation to gun down the smoke. With this turret, and with this wide range of weapons, the Bradley doesn’t looks like a peaceful personal carrier, which it was originally intended. Right now Hungarian soldiers went into the bush, where they control the situation and meanwhile they are covered from the BTRs and from the Bradleys. They will find the enemy, who they eliminate, and after that they get back to the carriers, and they can leave with a happy smile. You should know about the Bradley that their main task is to keep the pace of the M1 Abrams, so they have to work on every kind of terrains. Even the extra armor-equipped 33-ton version can do it, but it has some difficulties on the swimming test. In other words: it sinks like a rock. Look, it is made of rubber! The Bradley is equipped with all kind of weapons, which is a very good result compared to the original goal of the project, which was an armored cab. Its’ smallest weapon is a 7.62 mm machine gun that is so small, it is really hard to find, no matter how I search for it. Or it is not hard to find, but it is just not here. It is capable of shooting light vehicles or soft targets, but the real main weapon here is this 25 mm chain gun that shoots 200 bullets per minutes, up to 2.5 kilometers with deadly precision, even while moving. It can shoot 200 bullets per minute. And this gun is so serious that allegedly, you can turn with it lighter tanks into harmless pile of trash. It seems to me that David brings something to us. If someone still thought, there are no real combat operations going on, here is the proof. What’s this? Yeah, it’s a bullet-case? Yes, it is … My Goodness, what is the size of that? I asked, 14 and a half, I mean this is the caliber, of the thing that comes out eventually, and that came from the turret gun of a BTR. And because of its mule-like role, the Bradley needed an anti-tank missile system, and infrequent readers of military journals may not believe, but it is controlled through a wire. This weapon-system is so effective that during the Gulf War, more tanks were destroyed by Bradleys, than by the Main Battle Tank M1 Abrams. So the rookie substitute-player, dragged from the bench, and pumped to the maximum, became a more dreadful war machine, than his big brother. Although it can be connected to the fact that if a Bradley missed its first shot, the crew was in much deeper trouble, than in a heavily armored M1, so they have an incentive to shoot much better. We just found the proof that the US Army is getting more and more fiscally conservative. How am I supposed to say this? So the US Army do not want to pay the bills for our food. And we are here because of their courtesy. Yes, the otherwise generous and fantastic American Army does not give us a meal … from that unknown food. Maybe it tastes like crap, and you would not want to eat it anyway. Yeah, you know what? I do not even want to eat their food! Just reassure ourself with that. And as far as I could see, the mustard is Hungarian, and we already ate that kind of mustard. Yeah, well, who cares? We will look though. I think that I’ll be able to look at them with such eyes that they will have to give us food. With cat, or doe-eyes? Watch this! Later, during the War in Iraq, it became evident that in many situations, the Bradley does not have enough protection against improvised explosive devices or RPGs. More than 150 vehicles were destroyed that way, but the death toll remained relatively low, because the crew – most of the time – could easily bail out from the vehicle. It is a huge advantage compared to many armored vehicles or tanks, where a direct hit often means the crew’s unavoidable death by fire. But the crew of a Bradley can leave it behind easily. Look, there goes our food that we could not taste, and the leftovers are taken away. But the soldiers had a feast. This turret and I’m in a lucky place because I’m the Captain. Commander! Commander, right, I am a Commander, and I am over you in the hierarchy, because you are the one who handles the weapons and – Excellent. … On the other hand I can determine what kind of gun you will use, and look, I can choose with these little switches, because I was allowed to do it. Now the 7.62 mm machine gun is active, but if I press this button, you can immediately fire with the 25 mm chain gun. And this feared 25 chain gun is the one in front of us, and from here the ammunition is fed, and the bullet-cases are falling out somewhere on the sides. I do not know whether it is collected and recycled… It is really annoying that in each and every tank there are weapons crammed uncomfortably between the crew members. Yes. … There is a cannon between us. Because these vehicles are so tight. There is no bigger space in an American, than in a Russian. We tried out a lot of Soviet military thingies… Yes, and you expected that… And I expected that in the Americans there will be an armchair… And waterbed, or whatnot? What do I know, Not like this. Yeah, and a hot tub in the back. So this is the firing position, and I can rotate the turret, because somehow I should be able to aim for the targets. The important thing is that I have to press this button here on the right side. After that, I can move the stick downward , and the gun will move downward. If I pull back, the 25 mm chaingun rises, and the most radical thing is that if I turn left, then the turret starts rotating, which obviously you cannot feel on the other side of the camera, but it feels fantastic. And I can see on the displays – with some kind of infra-red lamps – the Bradleys around us. I can also target them by turret-rotation. This is like a brilliant video-game, and I want one of these for home as well. It costs only three million dollars after all. If someone starts to save money in his youth, and finds a well paid job, he or she can you can play Grand Theft Auto with it, and terrorize the neighborhood.