AMPV Mission Command Variant Advances

BAE Systems AMPV
The US Army expects to receive its first Mission Variant of BAE Systems’ AMPV vehicle in 2018. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems’ Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Mission Command variant will provide the US Army with mobile communications, force tracking and battlefield information management for battalion and higher unit commanders in Armoured Brigade Combat Teams.

This AMPV variant replaces the United Defence/BAE Systems’ M-577A1 tracked command and control vehicle which has been in service since the 1960s. In July BAE received a $15.2 million contact to adapt the design to the next generation communications systems which are being provided to the army. The AMPV has automotive commonality with the United Defence/BAE Systems M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle family. The adapted Mission Variant will be delivered in 2018 to support 2019 Low Rate Production (LRP). The current AMPV programme envisions a three year LRP and then ten years for full production at 300 units per year.