Friday, June 30, 2017

AMPV and other armored programs advance for the US Army & Marine Corps.

The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) will replace the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier program that was terminated in 2007. The FY 2018 program funds engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) prototype testing (including performance and reliability testing), completion of the interim design review (IDR) and the functional configuration audit (FCA), continued development of logistics support products, procurement of live fire test assets, and procurement of 107 LRIP vehicles. FY 2018 funding requested is $674.4 million up from $184.2 million in the FY 2017 request.
Story here. gives a pretty good overview of the latest funding for armored vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps.  I highlighted the AMPV because its the forgotten child in the whole thing, but the good news is that FINALLY we're seeing nice upgrades (read that to mean desperately needed) for American armored vehicles.

Especially heartening is the fact that the Army is moving forward with an APS so we can expect the Marine Corps to follow suit soon.  Even if the idea is to stay the course with the M1A1 (still doing an article on that upgrade) an APS will help with battlefield survivability.

They're late but they're finally making moves to get the US armor house in order.

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