BAE Systems to build 160 AMPV armored combat vehicles with networked vetronics in $400.9 million order

Jan. 22, 2020
The Army AMPV program consists of five variants: general purpose, mission command, mortar carrier, medical evaluation, and medical treatment vehicles.

WARREN, Mich. – Armored combat vehicle experts at BAE Systems will build 160 new U.S. Army Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs) with vetronics and battlefield networking capability under terms of a $400.9 million order announced Tuesday.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command's Tank and Automotive segment in Warren, Mich., are asking the BAE Systems Platforms & Services segment in Sterling Heights, Mich., to produce 160 full-rate production AMPVs.

This networked combat vehicle is a replacement for the Army’s Vietnam-era M113 family of combat vehicles, and will function on the battlefield as an armored ambulance, mortar carrier, engineer vehicle, and command vehicle, as well as a backup to the BAE Systems M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The Army's AMPV program consists of five vehicle variants: general purpose, mission command, mortar carrier, medical evaluation, and medical treatment vehicles.

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The AMPV program calls for vetronics and software that adhere to the U.S. military's Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) standards, which use an adopt-adapt-author approach independent of specific hardware or software.

The program aims to provide the Army with a survivable and mobile fleet of vehicles to replace the M113. The AMPV capitalizes on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and M109A7 advanced Paladin self-propelled artillery designs to enable the AMPV to maneuver with other modern combat vehicles in the Army's armored brigade combat team (ABCT).

This order is a modification to a potential $1.2 billion contract awarded to BAE Systems in late 2014 to develop and build the AMPV. BAE Systems engineers are designing the new vehicle to accommodate periodic technology upgrades.

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The original 52-month contract called for BAE Systems to build 29 AMPVs across each of the variants. The award also provided an option to begin the low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase.

In 2017 BAE Systems won a $15.2 million order to upgrade the vetronics architecture of the AMPV with battlefield networking capability to enable the AMPV to be part of secure wireless networks to coordinate communications and tactics among other combat vehicles and command echelons, as well as provide networking among the vehicle's on-board systems.

On the latest AMPV manufacturing order, BAE Systems will do the work in York, Pa., and should be finished by February 2023. For more information contact BAE Systems Platforms & Services online at, or the Army Contracting Command's Tank and Automotive segment at

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