Military Capabilities

AUSA 2017: US Army to upgrade some M113s as stop-gap measure

10 October 2017

A request for proposals (RFP) to upgrade a limited number of the US Army’s M113 armoured personnel carriers could be released in the next month or so to identify interested parties, according to Colonel Mike Milner, programme manager for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).

The army could eventually award contracts to two or three vendors to bring prototypes to a demonstration in fiscal year 2019, Col Milner told reporters on 10 October at the annual Association of the US Army’s (AUSA's) conference.

The effort is meant to update vehicles located overseas with “very minor modifications” to ensure they are safe to operate, he said, adding that the army is not in a fiscal position to replace those with new AMPVs that are to ultimately supplant the M113 family.

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