QUAD wrote:Also, BMP-2 fuel is inside the troop compartment. Overall BMP2 being more survivable and having equal optics to an M2 Bradley is literally the most absurd relationship in Wargame. The autocannon should be better, but the optics and survivability should not be at all.
Caveat, comparative "survivability" is almost irrelevant in a high intensity conflict in my opinion, the GCV/FCS debacle clearly shows that creating a survivable, resilient IFV is cost+weight prohibitive to this day. Simply put the Bradley is just as vulnerable as the BMP series to the spectrum of non hmg/small arms threats it was/is likely to encounter. More lethal yes, but the marginal superiority in survivability held by the Bradley pales to insignificance when the nature of the threats facing it is considered.
I would probably say BMP-1/2 is as survivable in a conventional, relatively symmetrical high intensity conflict (or simply put, both are equally unsurvivable). Outside of that I'd say Bradley is more survivable in all other types of operations and it's in these less traditional, assymetric operations with a narrower spectrum of less capable threats that the Bradley's superior protection really makes a difference.
Simply put, in a high intensity conflict, both IFVs are incapable of defending their passengers against a vast majority of the anti tank threats arrayed against them. In this the BMP's small size and signature is great because any hit with AT weaponry is likely to cause serious casualties among crew and passengers. The Bradley needs its sensors because frankly it's as tall as school bus and needs the eyes to see the enemy before they see it, hit it and write off most of the crew and passengers like in BMP.
Bringing up the location of fuel in the BMP is relatively useless anyway as any hit that reaches the fuel has likely hit ammunition ready racks and turned half the occupants into hamburger on the way there. The Bradley honestly isn't much better, once you get past the KPVT/autocannon class weapons any penetration reaching the crew/passenger compartment will be devastating.
That being said it would be interesting to mod good optics onto all Bradleys to check it out. I think it would work out rather interestingly