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The US Army has signed a maintenance and support contract for the turretless version of the Bradley, which will replace the M113 as an Armored Multi Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). For the next five years, the manufacturer BAE Systems is to provide service for all five variants of the vehicle. The costs amount to 510 million euros.

In 2018, BAE Systems was commissioned to manufacture the first batch of around 450 vehicles as pre-series vehicles (low rate initial production, LRIP). The first AMPV in the Mission Command variant was delivered several months late in August 2020. At the beginning of 2022, after completion of the acceptance tests, the troop tests are to begin in order to achieve initial operational capacity as soon as possible. Equipping the troops is scheduled to begin in early 2023. The order for full rate production (FRP) is expected in the second quarter of 2022.

The five variants of the AMPV are

- the command vehicle (Mission Command), which as a node in the tactical network offers space for the driver, commander and two agents,

- the universal vehicle (general purpose) for general transport tasks with space for the driver, commander and six soldiers or e.g. a stretcher,

- The Mortar Carrier with a 120 mm mortar, a crew of four and up to 69 rounds of ammunition

Servicevertrag für AMPV
Servicevertrag für AMPV

- the medical evacuation vehicle with a crew of three for the transport of six seated or four recumbent or three seated and two recumbent patients and

- the ambulance (medical treatment) with treatment table for one wounded person as well as driver, commander and two medical specialists.

The Army puts the total requirement at more than 2,900 vehicles at a cost of more than nine billion euros. This results in an average unit price of around 3.1 million euros.

Gerhard Heiming