The US Army completed initial deliveries of its latest armored fighting vehicle in the middle of this month. At Fort Stewart, the Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division took delivery of a new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), marking the milestone for the first unit to deploy the new combat platform.
Photo: US Army – 1st CAV – Maj
The AMPV was conceived as a replacement for the M113 family of combat vehicles, a very veteran armored vehicle that knew how to operate from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq. Currently, several variants of the M113 are fighting under the colors of Ukraine, which has been in combat for more than a year.
The new AMPVs are targeted at the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams, which will comprise about 30 percent of its tracked vehicle fleet. It is expected that the US Army in the next two decades will incorporate more than 3,000 AMPVs in five variants to have a platform that solves the shortcomings of the old M113 fleet in terms of survivability and protection, even with computing capability. to receive new technologies in the future.
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The AMPV fleet will operate alongside the M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. One of the highlights of AMPVs is that they share several elements with the Bradley family and with the VCA M109A7, which has allowed to reduce the logistics and maintenance package.
Regarding the recent addition, Major General Glenn Dean, Executive Director of the Army’s Ground Combat Platforms Program, stated, “…the AMPV is a fundamental piece of the Army’s modernization…the platform provides Soldiers with better protection and survivability, and complements the first equipped unit. The major milestone is that without It could not be done with all the Army and equipment…”
M113 transferred to Ukraine. Photo: US Army – Capt. Aaliyah Craven, 50th PAD.
The US Army specifies that five variants of the AMPV should be incorporated:
M1283 General purpose: will provide mobility and protection for infantry operating the M1A2 Abrams and M2 Bradley. In military operations, you will provide support to infantry platoon in attacking cavalry/dismounted. The variant accommodates two sailors and four soldiers and is reconfigurable to carry a carriage.
M1284 Medical evacuation: will provide medical support and CASEVAC as an integral part of advanced networked combat training. The hatch has a capacity of three members and a reconfigurable compartment for four shelters, six walkers, or a combination of two walkers and three walkers.
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M1285 Medical treatment: Integrate the medical treatment process in the operating room for ACT. The houses have a four-member crew, including a physician and a unit physician’s assistant or surgeon, and a treatment plan that can be used by the patient as a refugee. The vehicle also has medical teams on board to treat the wounded.
M1286 Empire Post: the cornerstone of the army’s ABCT military modernization network. It increases utility, weight, power, and cooling, and provides a significant increase in command, control, computing, communications, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. Variants accommodate two crew members and three operators, and its hosted network provides full control behind the tactical capabilities of the battalion and battalion.
M1287 Mortar Carrier: will provide immediate and responsive heavy fire support to the ACT in executing offensive operations using the M121 mortar system and the M95 fire control system. It has a capacity of four soldiers, a vehicle crew member and three mortar crew members.