The US Army is seeking to accelerate production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) to replace its ageing M113A3 family of vehicles, army and industry officials said.
AMPV-builder BAE Systems is scheduled to deliver 29 AMPVs by year’s end, and has delivered 17 so far (6 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and 6 at Yuma Proving Grounds for testing), Jim Miller, BAE Systems’ director of business development for US combat vehicles, told reporters.
BAE Systems’ manufacturing facility in York, Pennsylvania, can annually produce about a brigade set of equipment (about 131 vehicles at current force structure levels) when operating at maximum capacity, Miller said.
The army has asked BAE Systems how many AMPVs could be built if the facilities were expanded.
Current plans call for two brigade sets for Europe plus the original low-rate initial production (LRIP) vehicles in the first four years, or about 600 vehicles in total, said Colonel Michael Milner, the army’s AMPV’s project manager.
“We are on schedule, on budget, and meeting our performance requirements right now,” he noted.
Operational testing is expected to begin by the end of 2018. The programme will then go into a ‘Milestone C’ review in second quarter of fiscal year 2019 to determine if it is cleared to build 42 LRIP vehicles, Col Milner said.
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