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Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV / M1283)

Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) [ 2023 ]

The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle is based in a turretless Bradley IFV and is planned as the successor to the M113.

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The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is the direct named successor to the venerable M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) series debuted with the American Army during the 1960s. The new type retains the former's track-and-wheel arrangement but offers more versatility through inherently modularity, enhancements to make the vehicle a viable modern battlefield contributor, and more internal volume for both troops and mission equipment. The design is rooted in the Army's proven M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) - most notably lacking the powered, cannon-armed turret of the original.

The U.S. Army selected the British BAe Systems design in 2014 and this was followed by extensive development and testing by way of pilot vehicles debuted in late-2016, resulting in an initial batch of 2,897 scheduled for procurement by the service. Serial production began in September of 2020 and first-deliveries have since followed in March of 2023. The M113 currently (2023) maintains an active status in the Army inventory with 4,800 available and a further 8,000 hulls in storage. One-hundred thirty hulls of the newer AMPV are currently showcased in the active Army inventory (2023).

The AMPV family is set to encompass a variety of hull types for dedicated battlefield roles. This includes the troop-carrying M1283 followed by more specialist-minded forms in the M1274 MEDEVAC platform, the M1285 Medical Treatment vehicle, the M1286 Command and Control (C2) offering, and the M1287 mortar carrier. The AMPV will continue the mobile support function of the original M113 and bring with it the collection of aforementioned improvements as well as full digitalization and modernization. While dimensionally larger, and therefore heavier, than the older M113, the AMPV satisfies a greater portion of Army requirements through a singular design. Up to 78% more internal volume is had in the newer offering compared to the old M113.

Six rubber-tired road wheels was afforded to each hull side and these provide the needed traction and propulsion with the track-link network, giving the vehicle excellent off road traversal in keeping with the main advancing force. The drive sprocket sits at front with the track idler at rear. Side armor skirts protect the track-link upper regions from small arms fire and artillery spray. An armored, powered turret is seated over the front of the hull to provide for suppression of enemy troops via 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun solutions as well as support for a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher. Beyond station hatches, primary entry-exit access is through a large powered door found at the rear hull facing and this is further protected by side outcroppings for embarking / disembarking troops. The driver takes up a position at front-left with the turret emplacement direct above and aft of this. Bolt-on armor and "cage" armor can be affixed to various facings of the vehicle to further enhance combat survivability in contested zones. Two banks of smoke grenade dischargers are seated at the glacis plate offer an on-call self-screening effect.

The AMPV is a product of the U.S. Army's "Next Generation Combat Vehicle" (NGCV) that seeks to modernize the service based on decades of combat experience in the theaters of Afghanistan and Iraq. The program has also resulted in the M10 "Booker" Mobile Assault Gun System detailed elsewhere on the Military Factory and also seeks to find a suitable replacement for the aging line of Cold War-era M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks. A selection of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are also planned through the optimistic, far-reaching program as is a successor to the veteran M2 Bradley line itself (this entry as the "XM30").©MilitaryFactory.com
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BAe Systems - UK
United States
Operators National flag of the United States
Service Year
United Kingdom
National Origin
Active, Limited
Project Status

Onboard systems provide solutions to accomplish a variety of battlefield engineering tasks.
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

Vehicle utilizes a track-and-wheel arrangement to provide enhanced cross-country travel capability.
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
Protection is enhanced by way of additional armor being installed over that of standard levels; plate steel for older designs and reactive armor for modern types.
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

21.5 ft
(6.55 meters)
11.8 ft
(3.6 meters)
9.8 ft
(3 meters)
55,116 lb
(25,000 kg)
27.6 tons

1 x Turbocharged diesel engine driving conventional track-and-wheel arrangement.
Drive System
40 mph
(65 kph)
Road Speed
280 miles
(450 km)
Road Range

1 x 7.62mm M240B Medium Machine Gun (MMG) OR 1 x 12.7mm M2HB Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) OR 1 x 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL).
8 x Smoke grenade dischargers on glacis plate.
Dependent upon armament fit. Also any personal weapons carried by the crew.

8 x Smoke grenades.

AMPV - Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle; base series classification.
M1283 - Troop Carrier /Armored Personnel Carrier variant.
M1284 - MEDEVAC variant.
M1285 - Medical Vehicle.
M1286 - Command Vehicle.
M1287 - Mortar Carrier.

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