AMPV: Modernizing Military Mobility with BAE Systems

Published Categorized as News No Comments on AMPV: Modernizing Military Mobility with BAE Systems
AMPV Modernizing Military Mobility with BAE Systems
AMPV Modernizing Military Mobility with BAE Systems

The M113, a stalwart of the U.S. Army since its inception in 1960, initially emerged as a robust tracked armored personnel carrier tailored for the rigors of battlefield environments. Over the decades, it proved its mettle in pivotal conflicts such as Vietnam, the Yom Kippur War, and the Lebanese Civil War, earning a reputation as one of the most formidable vehicles of its kind.

However, despite its historical significance, the M113 faces a significant challenge it remains in service while warfare and technology have evolved considerably since its introduction. This stagnation renders it somewhat obsolete on modern battlefields, prompting the U.S. Army to seek a replacement approximately a decade ago.

Awarding the contract to British defense company BAE Systems, the Army opted for a European solution last summer, culminating in the development of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). Unlike its predecessor, the AMPV is not a single vehicle but a versatile family of platforms, offering adaptability across various roles.

AMPV Modernizing Military Mobility with BAE Systems
AMPV Modernizing Military Mobility with BAE Systems (Credit: AMPV)

Comprising versions such as General Purpose, Mortar Carrier, Mission Command, Medical Treatment, and Medical Evacuation, the AMPV caters to diverse operational requirements within the U.S. military. With its modular design, the AMPV facilitates flexibility, accommodating future mission roles and integrating next-generation technologies.

Recognizing the AMPV’s potential, the U.S. Army recently awarded BAE Systems a second contract worth $754 million to support full-rate production between March 2026 and February 2027. This substantial investment underscores the Army’s commitment to equipping its Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT) with cutting-edge capabilities.

As the AMPV program progresses, incorporating advancements such as drone-fighting capabilities and remote-controlled mortar systems, it heralds a new era in armored vehicle technology. With the majority of AMPVs set to bolster ABCTs, these vehicles will play a vital role in maintaining America’s military readiness and effectiveness on the modern battlefield.


By Jayson O'Neil

Jayson is a car-o-holic, and you will often find him writing about cars & bikes here at DaxStreet. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments