BAE brings AMPV capabilities to the U.S. ABCT formation
BAE Systems has delivered a brand new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) to the U.S. Army, designed to bolster the capabilities of its Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT).
With command and control, troop transport, mortar, and medical evacuation and treatment applications, the AMPV will make a significant contribution to the ABCT formation.
BAE Systems has now delivered all of the AMPVs built under the Engineering and Manufacturing Design (EMD) phase to the U.S. Army to begin the testing stage of the programme.
“The AMPV is essential to the future of the Armored Brigade Combat Team,” said Bill Sheehy, AMPV Programme Director for BAE Systems. “Delivering all EMD vehicles to the army is a proud moment for us – it means we’re another step closer to delivering the next generation of power, mobility, and survivability to our Soldiers in our combat formations.”
According to BAE Systems, the five variant AMPV is a state-of-the-art replacement to the Vietnam War-era M113 family of vehicles. While firming up its design, BAE took inspiration from the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer. Crucially, AMPV also meets the U.S. Army’s stringent protection and all-terrain mobility requirements, meaning it can manoeuvre alongside the ABCT proper.
The objective here is to deliver the best possible capability to the U.S. Army in order to assist the ABCT in maintaining “combat overmatch” anywhere in the world, under any conditions and at all times.
“The next phase of testing will help us to better understand the soldier/machine relationship and identify areas we can improve upon,” continued Sheehy. “Delivering the best AMPV will not end with formal testing but continue as we field the vehicles throughout the army and we learn new things about performance and the soldiers’ expectations.”
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