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Eurosatory 2024: BAE Systems developing a hybrid AMPV

The AMPV at Eurosatory featured an MCWS (Samson 30 mm) unmanned turret armed with an XM-813 30 mm cannon from the Bushmaster family. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)

BAE Systems disclosed that it was working on a hybrid-electric version of its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) during a media briefing held at the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition held in Paris from 17 to 21 June.

Bill Sheehy, AMPV programme director at BAE Systems, told Janes the company was funding the continued development of this system so that it would be ready for future customer requirements, including from the US Army. Janes understands that this work includes investigation of both serial and parallel hybrid systems.

BAE Systems also displayed a turreted version of the AMPV, shown for the first time with Oshkosh Defense's Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS) turret, which is a derivative of the Rafael Samson 30 mm unmanned turret produced for integration onto the US Army's upgraded Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Double V Hull (ICVVA1).

The integration of the MCWS is not intended to meet a specific customer requirement but instead to showcase how the External Mission Equipment Package (ExMEP) installed on the top hull plate of the AMPV allows for a range of different systems to be mounted on top of the vehicle. Sheehy hinted that this theme will be continued at the upcoming AUSA exhibition in October 2024, where the AMPV will be shown for the first time with the Kongsberg RT-20 (remote turret) as used on the BAE Systems Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) fleet, and said that as many as 30 different turrets could ultimately be installed as part of the ExMEP.

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