BAE Systems US Army contract for AMPV Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles initial training and fielding

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on May 14, 2021, BAE Systems Land &Armaments LP, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $15,730,000 modification to contract W56HZV-15-C-A001 for spare parts necessary for initial training and fielding for Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPV).
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BAE Systems General Purpose from the family of Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle at AUSA 2017, the Association of United States Army exhibition and conference in Washington D.C., October 2017. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) will replace the M113 tracked armored vehicles which are still in service in a variety of support capacities in U.S. Army Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs). While M-113s no longer serve as infantry fighting vehicles, five variants of the M-113 are still used as command and control vehicles, general-purpose vehicles, mortar carriers, and medical treatment and evacuation vehicles.

On November 26, 2013, the Army issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the AMPV. This RFP stipulated the Army planned to award a five-year Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract in May 2014 worth $458 million to a single contractor for 29 prototypes. As of 2018, the Army planned to procure 2,936 AMPVs to replace M-113s in ABCTs. The Army also has plans to replace 1,922 M-113s at Echelons Above Brigade (EAB), and the Department of Defense (DOD) estimated that if the M-113s were replaced by AMPVs at EAB, total program costs could be increased by an additional $6.5 billion.

On December 23, 2014, the Army announced it had selected BAE Systems Land and Armaments L.P. as the winner of the EMD contract. The initial award was for 52 months, valued at about $382 million. In addition, the award provided for an optional low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase.

The U.S. Army has identified the AMPV as its top priority for the safety and survivability of soldiers and therefore meets tough protection requirements. The AMPV leverages aspects of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and M109A7 self-propelled howitzer, furthering commonality in the ABCT fleet of vehicles. It will be integrated with the ABCT and is required to operate alongside the M1 Abrams tank and the M2 Bradley.

The AMPV will be delivered to the U.S. in five configurations including the XM1283 General Purpose and APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicle, the XM1284 medical evacuation vehicle (MEV), the XM1285 Medical Treatment Vehicle (MTV), the XM1287 Mortar Carrier Vehicle (MCV) and XM1286 Mission Command (MCmd). Bae Systems has also developed an engineering vehicle.

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