New mortar AMPV variant prototype to make exhibition debut late 2024

by Meredith Roaten

BAE Systems demonstrated its new counter unmanned aerial systems Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) during a live fire in Kingman, Arizona. (BAE Systems)

The newly designed 120 mm mortar variant of the Armoured Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) will make its debut at the annual Maneuver Warfighter Conference in September 2024, Bill Sheehy, AMPV programme director at BAE Systems told Janes on 30 November.

BAE Systems first told Janes in September that it was delivering the prototype for Patria's 120 mm New Mortar (NEMO) and Kongsberg turret programme in January 2024. The prototype is still on track for first delivery, and the army plans to perform a live-fire demonstration at the September conference to show off its progress, Sheehy said in an interview.

The prototype represents BAE System's first official foray into broadening AMPV configurations, which the company hopes will highlight the flexibility of the platform. The turret is attached to the vehicle using the Ex-MEP (Mission Equipment Package), which can accommodate most remotely operated weapons stations.


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US Army proving out snowmobiles for resupply, manoeuvre

by Meredith Roaten

A US Army snow machine pulls a sled full of Meals, Ready-to-Eat during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 24-02 training rotation in February 2024. (Janes/Meredith Roaten)

Soldiers supported brigades from the backs of snowmobiles for the US Army's first large-scale exercise with a significant number of machines, service officials told Janes during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) 24-02 training rotation held from 12 to 22 February at Fort Greely, Alaska.

The exercise utilised more than 100 Polaris snow machines for resupply and medical evacuation, and to transport soldiers, Major General Brian Eifler told Janes on 21 February. Arctic leaders are still facingquestions about sustainment for such a large force of machines and what kind of machines should stock the army's fleet, he said.

The 11th Airborne Division purchased 160 snowmachines to put two with each company, modelled after Canada's Arctic operations, Maj Gen Eifler told Janes in October 2023. Canada and Mongolia participated in the JPMRC rotation, but Canada had the largest presence in the exercise.


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US Army builds out new cold weather vehicle for command-and-control

by Meredith Roaten

The US Army's 11th Airborne Division Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle variants are outfitted with radios and Starshield to perform command-and-control functions. (Janes/Meredith Roaten)

The first – almost fully decked out – command-and-control (C2) variants of the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV), complete with shifted seating arrangements and integrated communications equipment, have been used in the first large scale exercise, a US Army brigade combat team commander told Janes.

The new CATVs were first put through their paces at Operation ‘Wolf Valkyrie', a brigade field training exercise in December 2023 that laid the groundwork for their participation in the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) 24-02 training rotation at Fort Greely, Alaska.

“It was just our way of training ourselves and some of our mission-essential tasks to set us up for this validation,” Colonel Sean Lucas, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, told Janes in an interview during JPMRC 24-02, which took place from 12 to 22 February.


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US Army tests new cold-weather medical equipment

by Meredith Roaten

The US Army's medical evacuation sled includes an extra piece of plastic bolted on to provide cover for patients being pulled by snow machine. (Janes/Meredith Roaten)

As the US Army works to phase out Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs) and replace them with Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicles (CATVs), army medics are trying out a new sled for evacuation in the Arctic environment, medical officers said during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) 24-02 training rotation.

CATVs can perform medical evacuations, but there were not enough of them to sustain the patient load, said Captain Loyal Farley, surgeon for Battalion 3509. The 11th Airborne Division has SUSVs, but they are “outdated or unreliable”, making sleds pulled by snow machine (alternatively known as snowmobile) the best option for the exercise that took place from 12 to 22 February, said First Lieutenant Stephen Meyer, physician's assistant for Battalion 3509.


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