BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP was awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Army to procure 160 Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs).
Fiscal 2019 and 2020 European reassurance initiative, defense; and procurement of weapons and tracked combat vehicles, Army funds for the modification amount were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-15-C-A001).
Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2023.
The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is a U.S. Army program to replace the M113 armored personnel carrier (APC) and the M113 Family of Vehicles (FoV). The 13 M113 variants have been in service with the Army since the Vietnam-era.
Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles will be integrated within the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) and are required to operate alongside the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBT) and the M2 Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV).
A contract for the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) phase of the program was awarded to BAE Systems in December 2014. The first AMPV prototype was rolled out on 15 December 2016.
BAE Systems’s AMPV design provides significant capability improvement over the M113 FoV in force protection, survivability, mobility, and power generation to incorporate the Army’s inbound network and other future technologies. The design leverages aspects of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and M109A7 self-propelled howitzer (SPH), furthering commonality in the ABCT fleet of vehicles.
The Army and BAE Systems are currently in low-rate production of the five AMPV variants:
• XM1283 General Purpose (GP): General-purpose variant to replace M113A3 APC. This variant accommodates two crew, six passengers, is reconfigurable to carry one litter, mount crew served weapon, integrates two Joint Tactical Radio System Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) or two Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), Vehicle Intercom (VIC)-3, Driver’s Vision Enhancer (DVE), Duke v3, and Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2)/Blue Force Tracker (BFT).
• XM1284 Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV): MEDEVAC variant to replace M113 AMEV armored medical evacuation vehicle. This variant includes room for three crew, six ambulatory patients or four litter patients or three ambulatory and two litter patients, two integrated HMS radios, VIC-3, DVE, Duke v3, FBCB2/BFT and the storage for Medical Equipment Sets.
• XM1285 Medical Treatment Vehicle (MTV): Medical treatment variant to replace M577A3 Medical Vehicle. This variant includes room for four crew, one litter patient and a patient treatment table.
• XM1287 Mortar Carrier Vehicle (MCV): Mortar carrier variant to replace M1064A3 Mortar Carrier. This variant accommodates two crew, two mortar crew, a mounted 120 mm mortar, 69 rounds of 120 mm ammunition, two HMS radios, a SINCGARS radio, VIC-3, DVE, Duke v3, FBCB2/BFT and M95 Mortar Fire Control System.
• XM1286 Mission Command (MCmd): Command and control variant to replace M1068A3 Command Post Carrier. This variant is the cornerstone of the Army’s ABCT Network Modernization Strategy. It takes advantage of increased size, weight, power and cooling limitations and provides a significant increase in command, control, communications and computer capability. The variant accommodates a driver and commander and two workstation operators, and its red side network provides full Tactical Command Post capabilities at brigade and battalion levels.
• Weight: 75,000–80,000 pounds
• Sustained speed: 34-38 mph
• Acceleration (0-30 mph): 24 sec
• Cruising range (at 30 mph): 225 miles
• Crew Size: Two to four
• Weapons: Hosts M249, M240, M2 or MK-19; 120 mm mortar