Army asks BAE Systems to ramp-up production of AMPV armored combat vehicle program with networked vetronics

March 7, 2023
AMPV, which is to replace the Army’s Vietnam-era M113 family of combat vehicles, also will back-up the BAE Systems M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

WARREN, Mich. – Armored combat vehicle experts at BAE Systems are taking measures to ramp-up production of a new networked armored combat vehicle set to take-on battlefield duties as an armored ambulance, mortar carrier, engineer vehicle, and command vehicle.

Officials of the U.S. Army Contracting Command-Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., announced a $245.6 million contract Friday to the BAE Systems Platforms & Services segment in York, Pa., for production enhancements to the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPV).

The Army's AMPV armored combat vehicle program consists of five vehicle variants: general purpose, mission command, mortar carrier, medical evaluation, and medical treatment vehicles. The contract is for early-order material in support of future AMPV purchase, and facility-capacity-expansion efforts to increase AMPV production.

The AMPV, which is to replace the Army’s Vietnam-era M113 family of combat vehicles, and also will back-up the BAE Systems M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle on the battlefield.

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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).

BAE Systems won a $400.9 million order in January 2020 to build 160 new AMPVs. That order was 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 Friday's order BAE Systems will do the work in York, Pa., and should be finished by December 2024. For more information contact BAE Systems Platforms & Services online at, or the Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command at

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