BAE Systems unveiled its first prototype Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), a general-purpose variant, during a 15 December ceremony at the company's facility in York, Pennsylvania.
"Deliveries of the prototype vehicles will continue into 2017, and developmental testing will run through 2018," BAE Systems said in a statement.
In December 2014 the company was awarded a 52-month contract covering the AMPV's engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and low-rate initial production (LRIP) phases.
Under the EMD phase, a total of 29 AMPVs in all five variants are to be delivered. The contract's LRIP phase will cover 289 vehicles, and under current plans it is expected that 2,907 AMPVs could be procured in five variants, each to replace versions of the M113A3 vehicle family. These are the 120 mm mortar carrier, mission command, medical evacuation, medical treatment, and general-purpose vehicles.
The AMPV is based on an upgraded M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) hull with the turret removed and modified for the specialised missions.
According to James Miller, director of business development at BAE Systems Combat Vehicles, "the AMPV will have the same level of mobility and protection as the M2 Bradley that it has been designed to operate with". About 2,000 older M2/M3 Bradleys are in storage and will be used for the AMPV role. Some of the more specialised AMPV versions will have a raised hull to the rear of the driver and the engine compartment at the front to provide greater internal volume.
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