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AUSA 2013: Army envisions AMPV production spike for emergency contingencies

22 October 2013
The M113 design originated more than 60 years ago and has since been subject to many update and modernisation efforts, including upgrades to the newest A3-model, shown here fitted with bar armour and a Transparent Armored Gun Shield for the gunner. Source: BAE Systems

US Army planners are hoping to have an Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), meant to replace ageing M113-series armoured personnel carriers, poised for rapid production in case armoured forces are needed in the future.

Current plans would see AMPV produced over 13 years, including three years of low-rate initial production and 10 years of full-rate production at just below 300 units annually. This is a relatively stretched out schedule, particularly for a non-developmental vehicle.

The production plan for AMPV was in part "based on budgetary constraints", Colonel Bill Sheehy, project manager for the army's Armoured Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), said on 23 October.



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