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BAE Systems Showcases Modularity of AMPV with New Prototype at Eurosatory

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BAE Systems Showcases Modularity of AMPV with New Prototype at Eurosatory

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BAE Systems Showcases Modularity of AMPV with New Prototype at Eurosatory
BAE Systems Showcases Modularity of AMPV with New Prototype at Eurosatory

Fourth turret installation with the common top plate demonstrates modularity of the future-proofed combat platform to U.S. allies and NATO partners. BAE Systems’ fourth Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) prototype is being showcased at Eurosatory this week. Configured with a common top plate, also known as the External Mission Equipment Package (ExMEP), the prototype showcases the vehicle’s ability to integrate capabilities and equipment packages internationally. This AMPV prototype features Oshkosh Defense’s Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS), a 30mm weapon system with planned fielding to the U.S. Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. The vehicle’s ExMEP can adapt to more than 30 different turret systems and builds on the vehicle’s modularity. This creates a seamless path for international customers to address various mission needs with the AMPV platform.

“This latest prototype demonstrates the capabilities of a common top plate and the options it provides our allies and NATO partners for rapid integration of next-generation technology onto a proven vehicle. The adaptability of the AMPV design means we are able to execute new capability integration quickly and efficiently, further proving the platform’s future-proofed design. No matter the mission, the AMPV will continue to provide the support troops need in battle for generations to come. We look forward to furthering conversations with our allied nations about how fast and effectively we can adapt the AMPV for any operation or role that’s needed,” said Bill Sheehy, AMPV program director for BAE Systems.

Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) prototype with Oshkosh Defense’s Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS)
Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) prototype with Oshkosh Defense’s Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS). (Photo by BAE Systems)

BAE Systems integrated and successfully demonstrated a C-UAS prototype in November 2023, while also integrating and delivering a 120mm unmanned Turreted Mortar capability to the U.S. Army in January 2024. The AMPV NxT prototype was debuted with a 30mm turret at AUSA Global Force in March 2024—all three prototypes using the common top plate. Most recently, BAE Systems received a $754 million contract award from the U.S. Army to continue manufacturing the AMPV Family of Vehicles (FoV), guaranteeing a second phase of full-rate production (FRP) volumes through February 2027. This follows the original $797 million FRP contract that was awarded in August 2023. The five variants currently in production provide enhanced survivability and performance over the legacy M113 FoV. The modular chassis and commonality of the AMPV have proven it to be a low-risk and cost-effective solution that rapidly delivers continued combat overmatch solutions to troop, ready for the battlefield

The AMPV (Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle) is a new tracked armored vehicle for the U.S. Army designed, developed, and manufactured by the Defense Company BAE Systems to replace the family of M113 used by U.S. Armed Forces since 1960. In December 2014, BAE Systems was awarded a 52-month contract covering the AMPV’s engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and low-rate initial production (LRIP) phases. Under the EMD phase, a total of 29 AMPVs in all five variants are to be delivered. The contract’s LRIP phase will cover 289 vehicles, and under current plans, it is expected that 2,907 AMPVs could be procured in five variants, each to replace versions of the M113A3 vehicle family. Five variants of the 2,907 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).

Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) prototype with Oshkosh Defense’s Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS)
Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) prototype with Oshkosh Defense’s Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS). (Photo by BAE Systems)

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