Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle

By Gourley, Scott R. | Army, September 2012 | Go to article overview

Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle


Gourley, Scott R., Army


The Army is completing the analysis of alternatives (AoA) for its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). The AMPV family will replace the M113 series of armored personnel carriers and mission-based platforms currently serving in five mission roles within the Army's heavy brigade combat teams (HBCT): general purpose, mortar carrier vehicle, mission command (MCmd), medical evacuation vehicle and medical treatment vehicle.

Service representatives note that the intent of AMPV is to replace all mission roles simultaneously with one or more solutions. Although they emphasize that AMPV is not a mission equipment package (MEP) development program, they note that the vehicle/integration program should use existing Mil 3 MEP when possible.

AMPV will replace the approximately 3,000 M113-series platforms in the Army's HBCTs that make up a considerable portion of the entire HBCT fleet. The initial program focus will be on M113 systems within the HBCT with M113 replacement for echelons above brigade viewed as a later decision with potentially different requirements.

The AMPV effort stems from the Army's termination of the M113 program in 2007, the result of inadequate force protection and the inability of size, weight, power and cooling to incorporate future technologies and the inbound Army's network.

In February, the Defense Acquisition Executive approved the materiel development decision and granted the Army approval to enter into the materiel solutions analysis phase for AMPV. That decision allowed the Army to perform an analysis of alternatives to determine the most cost-effective replacement strategy for the Armored Personnel Carrier M113 family of vehicles (FoVs). As part of the AoA, the Army was directed to examine the current M113, current and modified existing vehicles (Bradley, M113 upgrades, MRAP and Stryker vehicles), other nondevelopmental items or modified nondevelopmental items, new start vehicles such as the Ground Combat Vehicle and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or a combination of these alternatives.

The AoA process began with a "sources sought" announcement in mid-February calling for industry data that could support the AoA "and any potential future acquisition efforts."

That market survey was followed by an April 2012 "Industry Day" that further expanded communications. In addition, the Army also enhanced industry knowledge of current M113 MEP configurations by providing opportunities for the physical inspection of current systems like the M113A3 Full Tracked Armored Personnel Carrier, M1064A3 Self-Propelled 120 mm M121 Mortar Carrier, M1068A3 Standardized Integrated Command Post System Carrier and M577A3 Light Tracked Command Post Carrier.

Not surprisingly, industry interest in AMPV was evident long before the AoA process.

In a discussion of the potential opportunity at last year's AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in October, Mike Cannon, senior vice president for ground combat systems at General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) said, "We are strongly pushing Stryker as the AMPV vehicle of choice."

"We don't think you have to do anything to a Stryker in order to replace 113s, and that's why we have three vehicles on the floor right now. We have a medical evacuation vehicle (the best ambulance in the world); an infantry carrier vehicle, which would be the 113 utility vehicle; and a command variant, which would be the 577 equivalent.

"We think the Army can get started quickly if they pick Stryker and start moving out," Cannon added, "but we're willing to wait on the analysis of alternatives because we think it will be very favorable for Stryker."

More recently, Don Kotchman, vice president, HBCT programs at GDLS, said, "Leveraging the strength of the Stryker Double-V Hull vehicle. General Dynamics is working to meet the Army's requirements and preferences for its AMPV solution. Our vehicle is built to meet all mobility, cost and schedule requirements of the Army while being less expensive to operate. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.