BAE awarded $575M Army contract
The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems two contract modifications worth up to $575 million for production of an armored multi-purpose vehicle, or AMPV, and much of the work will be performed at BAE's York County facility.
The awards mark the beginning of low-rate production for the vehicle, which replaces the Vietnam War-era M113, according to a news release.
“Moving into this phase of the AMPV program is exciting because it brings soldiers one step closer to deploying this critical capability for completing their missions and coming home safely,” said Bill Sheehy, AMPV program director in BAE Systems’ combat vehicles business.
Previously awarded funding to support production planning, combined with the $128 million January award allowed BAE Systems to start production. A second award in February for $447 million brings the total funding to $873 million.
Production will include five versions of the AMPV: command and control, general purpose, medical evacuation, medical treatment and mortar carrier.
The contracts follow the engineering, manufacturing and development phase in which the company produced and developed prototype vehicles for testing and evaluation.
BAE Systems is a supplier of combat vehicles to the U.S. military and allied nations. Along with York County, work on the AMPV program will take place in Aiken, South Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Jose, California and Sterling Heights, Michigan.
In operation since 1962, the York County facility builds the AMPV, the Bradley family of vehicles and the assault amphibious vehicle. The site works in fabrication, assembly integration and testing, as well as the development of supporting manufacturing technologies.
The York County facility currently employs approximately 1,400 people.