Tuesday, August 24, 2021

AMPV Survivability Testing (BAE Announcement)


The AMPV has been successfully meeting its testing requirements, including some tough ones when it comes to survivability.

An Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle drives into a pit. Not long thereafter an improvised explosive device lying underneath detonates. Those present wait to see what happens next. Will the AMPV’s tracks start turning to climb out of the pit? Or is the combat vehicle unable to move, too severely damaged by the IED?

Such has been the testing the AMPV Family of Vehicles has gone through over the past several months. In each of the 12 rigorous tests conducted by the U.S. Army so far, the AMPVs have passed with flying colors, either meeting or exceeding the testing requirements and driving out of the test pit.

The testing is meant to show that the AMPV is survivable and can withstand the toughest situations to keep Soldiers as safe as possible in combat zones. Vehicles produced in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the program have completed Army testing.

“We have worked comprehensively to ensure the AMPV family of vehicles is designed and manufactured with the latest technology,” said Scott Davis, vice president of BAE Systems’ Ground Vehicles. “We have integrated technologies into our AMPV engineering and manufacturing process such as robotic welding, digital X-ray, and advanced large-scale machining to allow the Army to provide the capability necessary to protect our warfighters.”

Live fire testing is crucial because it proves survivability solutions and instills confidence in Army Soldiers that these new vehicles will protect them in real combat. It also gives BAE Systems an opportunity to validate the vehicles’ robust survivability and force protection measures before full-rate production and fielding to Soldiers who will have to fight from these vehicles in the most dangerous scenarios.

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