The first Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) has driven off the BAE Systems production line to be delivered to the US Army as the force closes in on modernisation objectives.
Identified by the Army as a top priority for safety and survivability, the AMPV family provides the Army with a highly survivable and mobile fleet of vehicles that address a critical need to replace the Vietnam War-era M113s and manoeuvre with the ABCT in challenging terrain on the front lines.
The AMPV is central to the Army’s modernisation objectives and comes in five variants to meet a wide range of missions across the battlefield.
Bill Sheehy, AMPV program director for BAE Systems’ ground vehicles product line, said, "Finalising the first AMPV for delivery marks a major milestone for the program and the US Army."
The Mission Command vehicle will be the first vehicle delivered and is the cornerstone of the Army's ABCT Network Modernisation Strategy. It facilitates digital mission command, taking advantage of increased volume, protection, power and cooling capabilities and provides flexibility and growth capacity 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; and
- 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 is designed to meet the Army’s missions for the Armoured Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT), and lay the foundation for the future of the battlefield," Sheehy added.
The AMPV has built-in growth to add new capabilities as technology evolves, including enhanced power generation for advanced electronics, and network connectivity. This gives the Army a vehicle to execute today’s missions, with the ability to adapt to future technologies and capabilities.
Jeremy Tondreault, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ combat mission systems, added, "The AMPV family of vehicles provides significant power, mobility, interoperability, and survivability improvements for the ABCT."
The AMPV has completed nearly two dozen Army tests and has consistently met or exceeded all of its requirements. Under the current low rate initial production contract awarded in 2018, BAE Systems will deliver more than 450 of the highly mobile, survivable, multi-purpose vehicles.
"The AMPV has demonstrated outstanding survivability and force protection as well as flexibility and growth for the future," Tondreault added.