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AMPVs to replace Vietnam-era M113s

Photo: BAE Systems


The first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) driven off the BAE Systems production line is to be delivered to the US Army.

The AMPV is central to the US Army’s modernisation objectives and comes in five variants. The multi-purpose vehicle family provides the army with a mobile fleet that addresses a critical need to replace the Vietnam War-era M113s.

The Mission Command vehicle will be the first delivered and facilitates digital mission command, taking advantage of increased volume, protection, power and cooling capabilities and provides flexibility for command, control, communications and computer capabilities. The other variants in the AMPV family include:

-the General Purpose vehicle: operates throughout the battle space to conduct resupply, maintenance, and alternate casualty evacuation from point of injury;

-the Mortar Carrier: provides immediate, and responsive, heavy mortar fire support to the ABCT in the conduct of fast-paced offensive operations;

-the Medical Evacuation vehicle: enables immediate treatment or evacuation at the point of injury to either ambulatory or litter casualties;

-the Medical Treatment vehicle: is the first of its kind, serving as an “operating room on tracks” for life-sustaining care to Soldiers suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The AMPV has completed nearly two dozen tests. Under the current low rate initial production contract awarded in 2018, BAE Systems will deliver more than 450 of the highly mobile, multi-purpose vehicles.

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