The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $376 million for the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development phase of the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) programme and rapid prototyping effort with low-rate initial production options.
BAE Systems say its solution combines new technology with proven capability to provide the Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) with a ‘highly agile, armour-protected platform that delivers overwhelming and precise firepower for use across the spectrum of terrains and operations’.
“Our offering integrates innovative technology that reduces the burden on the crew into a compact design deployable in areas that are hard to reach,” said Deepak Bazaz, director of combat vehicles programs at BAE Systems.
“We’re confident our design meets the requirements and the unique capabilities the IBCT needs.”
According to BAE:
“The vehicle leverages investments the Army made in the M8 Armored Gun System, including its low-profile design, and proven technologies like the M35 105mm cannon, and an auto-loading ammunition system that allows the gun to fire at a rate of 12 rounds per minute. The innovative roll-out powerpack design allows for easy access to the engine and transmission without the aid of heavy equipment.”
Under the contract, one of two awarded ahead of the Government’s down-select to a final contractor, BAE Systems will produce 12 prototype vehicles during the EMD phase.