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BAE Systems Awarded $245 Million US Army Contract for Procurement of material for AMPV

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BAE Systems Awarded $245 Million US Army Contract for Procurement of material for AMPV

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US Army Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV)
US Army Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV)

BAE Systems Land & Armaments, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $245,645,904 cost-no-fee, cost-sharing contract for the procurement of early order material in support of Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). AMPV is a sub-project of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle program. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2022 and 2023 weapons and tracked combat vehicle procurement, Army funds in the amount of $245,645,904 were obligated at the time of the award. US Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

AMPVs are undergoing reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) testing at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), with each running many miles of simulated missions across road courses featuring various terrain conditions. (Photo by U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)

The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is a U.S. Army program to replace the M113 armored personnel carrier and family of vehicles. In 2014, the U.S. Army selected BAE Systems’ proposal of a turretless variant of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle to replace over 2,800 M113s in service. As of 2013, five variants of the AMPV are planned: M1283 General Purpose (522 planned), M1284 Medical Evacuation Vehicle (790 planned), M1285 Medical Treatment Vehicle (216 planned), M1286 Mission Command (993 planned), and M1287 Mortar Carrier Vehicle (386 planned). The first AMPV prototype was rolled out in December 2016, and the first production vehicles began rolling out in September 2020.

Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Undergoes Testing at US Army Tropic Regions Test Center
The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) has undergone extensive testing at all three of U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground’s natural environment test centers—Yuma Test Center outside Yuma, Ariz.; Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska; and, most recently, at Tropic Regions Test Center in the jungle of Panama. (Photo by U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)

There are to be five versions of the AMPV:
M1283 General Purpose (GP): Replaces the M113A3 APC.
M1284 Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV): Replaces the M113 AMEV.
M1285 Medical Treatment Vehicle (MTV): Replaces the M577A3 Medical Vehicle.
M1286 Mission Command (MCmd): Replaces the M1068A3 Command Post Carrier.
M1287 Mortar Carrier Vehicle (MCV): Replaces the M1064A3 Mortar Carrier.
Engineer Vehicle: An internal BAE project in collaboration with the US Army to develop an engineer vehicle to replace M113’s in that role at Echelons Above Brigade (EAB).

The recently developed Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is intended to dramatically increase Soldiers’ transport capabilities. All variants of the vehicle are slated to undergo extensive testing at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. (Photo by Mark Schauer/U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground)

The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) have nearly 80% more interior volume than the M113, and significantly more power, survivability, and maneuverability. The cooling and electrical systems are also significantly more robust to accommodate both existing and future upgrades. It boasts the same powertrain and suspension system as the Bradley and M109A7 self-propelled howitzer, which eases maintenance and logistics challenges for all three vehicles in the field. YPG has the range space to conduct live function fire tests of the vehicle utilizes this capability as part of the AMPV testing to test the vehicle’s 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm machine guns.

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