BAE Systems’ facility in York is one of the company’s plants that will build armored multipurpose vehicles for the Army as part of a $797 million contract, with options for a potential total contract of $1.6 billion.
This award brings the AMPV program into full-rate production, making it the first newly designed and built tracked vehicle in the Army’s fleet to reach this production stage in three decades, a release said.
The AMPV replaces the Army’s fleet of Vietnam War-era M113 family of vehicles. The multi-mission AMPV family of vehicles provides critical survivability, mobility and interoperability upgrades to the Armored Brigade Combat Team.
“Entering full-rate production is a momentous milestone in the lifecycle of a production program for both the U.S. Army and BAE Systems,” said Jeremy Tondreault, president of the platforms and services sector at BAE Systems. “The AMPV is the next-generation replacement for the venerable M113, and we are proud that this critical capability is on its way to the men and women who need our most capable combat vehicles on the front lines.”
The Army first awarded BAE Systems the AMPV contract in 2014 and signed a low-rate initial production contract in 2018. The first LRIP vehicle was delivered in August 2020.
Paula Wolf is a freelance writer