lizardmech wrote:[EUG]MadMat wrote:DeuZerre wrote:US Riflemen (everything is a better choice)
May be they ain't the best NATO infantry, but they're the only one that may come with the strongest NATO IFV: the Bradley.
Is the Bradly armor really so much worse than the Marder? The marders have 2 front and side armor which lets me butcher cheap pact MBTs with autocanon marders. They're both about 30 tons, though the bradly is aluminium while the marder is steel. The Bradleys are really frail if you're pushing into enemy territory. The bradley doesn't offer me much over the much cheaper amx-10p if I'm charging into enemy positions.
The M2 and M2A1 Bradley were originally designed to offer a full 360° protection against 14.5mm API. The Marder 1 had a slightly better protection, with the front hull withstanding 20mm APDS.
It's the later versions of the Bradley, the M2A2 and M2A3, that were designed to resist 30mm APDS and RPGs.
It's also not surprising the M2 and M2A1 were less armored than the Marder 1, as they were lighter, at 25 short tons.
In game, the reason why you'd want the M2 and M2A1 is the pairing of the M242 25mm Bushmaster autocannon and the TOW ATGM ; the 1/1/1/1 armor is a bonus essentially.