The British multinational defence, security and aerospace company has been awarded a contract worth up to $1.2bn from the US Army for the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) and Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).
The programme plans to provide the US Army with a highly survivable and mobile fleet of vehicles that addresses a need to replace the Vietnam-era M113s.
Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems, said: “This award represents a significant milestone for the US Army and BAE Systems. The AMPV will provide a substantial upgrade over the Army’s current personnel carrier fleet, increasing the service’s survivability, force protection, and mobility while providing for future growth potential. It also confirms BAE Systems’ role as a leading provider of combat vehicles.”
The award provides an option to begin the LRIP phase immediately following the current EMD phase, at which time the company would produce an additional 289 vehicles for a total contract value of $1.2bn. The initial award is for a 52-month base term, valued at approximately $383m, during which BAE Systems will produce 29 vehicles across each of the variants.
The maximized commonality within the AMPV family of vehicles and the ABCT will reduce risk and provide significant cost savings to the Army. The AMPV capitalises on proven Bradley and M109A7 designs, meeting the force protection and all-terrain mobility requirements while allowing the AMPV to maneuver with the rest of the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT).
The BAE Systems AMPV team includes DRS Technologies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Air Methods Corporation, and Red River Army Depot. Work on the contract is expected to begin immediately and will take place initially at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, facilities.