7 May 2019
Bradley ADATS: One to Rule Them All
One guided missile to demolish tanks and aircraft alike? You got it! War Thunder is on the cusp of featuring an air defence anti-tank system based on the Bradley IFV chassis.
The ADATS was developed at the end of the 1980’s as a general-purpose weapon capable of bringing down low-flying airborne targets as well as armoured opponents. Hence the abbreviation: Air Defence Anti-Tank System. The system was comprised of radar for detecting and tracking targets, a complex radio kit for coordinating multiple vehicles, and eight MIM-146 guided missiles in transport and launch containers. The US Army version was built on the Bradley IFV chassis and fitted with a 25mm auto cannon. Notwithstanding the fact that it was selected after a US Army competition for the Forward Area Air-Defence program, it was found to be excessively expensive to manufacture and never made it to serial production on the Bradley chassis.
ADATS (Bradley). Air defence anti-tank SPG system, USA, rank VII.
- One missile for any target!
- Cannon capable of handling IFVs and anti-aircraft vehicles
- Poorly armoured
- Fairly prominent profile
In War Thunder the ADATS Bradley will appear in update 1.89 at the rank VII of the USA ground vehicle tech tree. It’s average in terms of speed and manoeuvrability, its armour only stands up to bullets, and the hulking ADATS dimensions make it fairly conspicuous, especially when the radar antenna is active...
But who cares about that when you have your hands on the controls of a weapon capable of knocking out anything that crosses your sites? Eight all-purpose guided missiles with radio fuses will find their way to the sneakiest chopper in the sky, chase down fleeing aircraft, and even torch tanks – they penetrate up to the equivalent of 900mm of rolled homogeneous steel.
And the rhythmic chatter of the 25mm autocannon will be the last thing enemy anti-aircraft vehicles and IFVs hear thanks to the APCR shells that come even with the stock belt. Fantastic! Sure, the rate of fire leaves something to be desired, but having that cannon sure comes in handy when you really need it.
The ADATS Bradley is a worthy answer to the Tunguska when it comes to War Thunder’s fields of battle. One missile for any target is an unusual and promising solution. So, shall we see what happens with update 1.89 and put this vehicle through its paces in some higher-ranked battles?
The War Thunder Team
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