Monday 15 July, 2024

BAE Systems delivers new AMPV prototype to US Army

BAE Systems has delivered an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Turreted Mortar prototype to the US Army.

The prototype features a newly designed top plate system called the External Mission Equipment Package (ExMEP), which allows for easy installation of various turrets. Additionally, this vehicle prototype is equipped with the Patria NEMO remote-controlled 120mm turreted mortar system.

“Handing this remarkable capability over to the Army for evaluation is an important step in creating broader multi-purpose options for Soldiers to maintain combat overmatch on the battlefield,” said Bill Sheehy, BAE Systems AMPV program director.

“The AMPV Turreted Mortar prototype was born from a capability discussion we had with the Army in 2022—the same year ExMEP was conceptualized with industry partners, and we look forward to its evaluation. The collaborative, future-driven approach to develop it will benefit the warfighter, and that is what the AMPV program is all about.”

The AMPV Turreted Mortar prototype that leverages BAE Systems’ ExMEP to rapidly integrate the NEMO 120mm mortar system is an indirect and direct fire support platform that can be used in multi-mission scenarios. The system enables Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact fire missions where up to five mortar rounds can hit targets simultaneously in less than four seconds while the vehicle is stationary or on the move.

The new AMPV Turreted Mortar prototype offers an important upgrade that enhances capabilities, increases force protection and keeps Soldiers completely under the armour protection provided by the vehicle.

The US Army will conduct rigorous field evaluations over the next few months to test the AMPV Turreted Mortar prototype. This is the second turreted AMPV prototype that BAE Systems has showcased in the last three months, the first being a Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) capability that utilizes the ExMEP top plate.

With the evolving nature of warfare, the AMPV platform’s purpose-built framework is an excellent example of endless opportunities for seamless capability integration for the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team.

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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