BAE Systems has unveiled a prototype of the Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) variant of the US Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV).
The model was revealed to include modular fittings to allow future AMPV variants to integrate reconfigurable weapons.
The CUAS houses the Moog Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) turret, often featured in the army’s Mobile Short Range Air Defense system. RIwP’s addition adds a scalable anti-armor and anti-drone turret to the AMPV.
External Mission Equipment Package enhancements and updated mission-ready command and control systems round out the upgrades.
The prototype is the product of a $797-million deal drafted to develop new technologies that will replace the force’s M113 Armored Personnel Carriers.
Fitted With Excellence
BAE Systems AMPV Program Director Bill Sheehy explained that the prototype was designed to be a direct upgrade to the M113 and a canvas for future armed vehicle developments.
“We designed these vehicles with modularity and flexibility, providing an adaptable and ready-for-growth platform. Showcasing the art of the possible with the ExMEP enhancement and CUAS capability at AUSA is just the beginning of opportunities beyond the current family of vehicles,” he said.
Upgrading the Army
BAE Systems’ production contract with the army answers the M113’s shortcomings in survivability, force protection, mobility, and power.
“Given the scope and scale of the M113 Family of Vehicles within the [Armored Brigade Combat Teams], the AMPV is a significant investment decision for the Army,” said Ground Combat Systems Program Executive Maj. Gen. Glenn Dean.
The CUAS AMPVs are scheduled to replace 30 percent of all tracked vehicles within the army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams.
The contract has the potential to reach $1.6 billion for future developments of the armored vehicles.
The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle lays the foundation of the future for the battlefield for U.S. Army and Soldiers. We’re showcasing a glimpse into the art of the possible with these enhancements at #AUSA2023 – and it’s just the beginning.
— BAE Systems, Inc. (@BAESystemsInc) October 9, 2023