Land Platforms

Pentagon budget 2019: Mobile Protected Firepower kicks off with USD394 million request

12 February 2018

The US Army has requested USD394 million in fiscal year (FY) 2019 for its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) platform that it hopes can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower – likely a light- to medium-tank – to ensure the infantry's freedom of action.

Funding in FY 2019 would “provide for prototypes, ballistic hulls, and test assets for developmental testing”, according to army budget documents released on 12 February.

In FY 2018, the army requested USD36.242 million to work towards an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, although as of this writing that FY 2018 budget had not been fully appropriated yet.

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