During a recent live demonstration at the Big Sandy range in Kingman, Arizona, BAE Systems presented the capabilities of its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) prototype.

The event, part of a collaboration with Moog, was aimed at displaying the prototype’s proficiency in accurately engaging with both stationary and mobile aerial and ground targets.

The AMPV C-UAS prototype, according to BAE Systems, successfully demonstrated its ability to detect, track, identify, and incapacitate threats in a variety of simulated battlefield scenarios. The demonstration highlighted the system’s use of “slew-to-cue” technology to target small drones using 30mm proximity rounds.

The AMPV C-UAS prototype, which incorporates the same chassis used in the family of vehicles (FoV), also includes enhancements like BAE Systems’ External Mission Equipment Package (ExMEP) top plate. This feature is cited as enabling quick integration of future technologies and capabilities, as evidenced by its compatibility with more than 30 turret systems, including the U.S. Army’s validated Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) turret.

Moog’s integration of the system includes various components such as Leonardo DRS’ Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR), associated command and control systems, and Northrop Grumman’s XM914 30mm cannon, elements that are also utilised in the M-SHORAD system.

Following the award of a full-rate production contract in 2023 for five distinct variants of the AMPV, BAE Systems is actively fielding the FoV to Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) units. The AMPV, as described by BAE Systems, represents a significant stride in enhancing the power, mobility, interoperability, and survivability of the Army and its allied forces.

Tom has spent the last 13 years working in the defence industry, specifically military and commercial shipbuilding. His work has taken him around Europe and the Far East, he is currently based in Scotland.
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Marked (@guest_786576)
3 months ago

Get some bought and into service! This is a big gaping dangerous hole in the army’s front line force. Or what’s left of it.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_786593)
3 months ago
Reply to  Marked

Not until they’ve bespoked it to oblivion.

Posse Comitatus
Posse Comitatus (@guest_786601)
3 months ago

Or ” …inform future decisions…”

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_786623)
3 months ago

Ahhhhh! That phrase that’s driven me mad for at least a decade.

You’ve been reading my posts…😉

That’s the one….the decisions that are never made before the next wave of trials as the cans kicked further down the road.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins (@guest_787276)
3 months ago
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IAV 2024: British Army mulls procurement of interim SHORAD system31 January 2024 “The British Army is considering the procurement of a new mobile short-range air defence (SHORAD) system to replace its Stormer-based self-propelled high-velocity missile (SP-HVM) system, Janes learnt at Defence iQ’s International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2024 conference held in London from 22 to 25 January. While Janes understands that a business case for the procurement has not yet been approved and that its primary justification would be to fill the gap left by the donation of Stormer systems to Ukraine, the material presented at the IAV conference implies that… Read more »

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins (@guest_787280)
3 months ago
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Another possible option. MSPO 2023: Hanwha Defense unveils Biho II mobile air defense system “During the MSPO 2023 defense exhibition in Poland, the South Korean company Hanwha Defense is unveiling a new version of its Biho II mobile air defense system. This advanced system is built on the 8×8 wheeled chassis of the Tigon armored vehicle, marking a significant departure from previous Biho models that used a single 30 or 40mm automatic cannon capable of firing airburst ammunition. Unlike its predecessor, this new model is based on the 8×8 wheeled chassis of the Tigon, which was initially revealed at the… Read more »

Spyinthesky (@guest_786582)
3 months ago

There are increasing numbers of systems of this nature after years of anti air gun systems becoming ‘obsolete’ which just shows sometimes you have to go back to the future and older concepts not simply disregarded as the Gerard has proved. Important that the UK adopts this new generation for anti drone combo systems. Need to check out the competition and buy whatever is most suitable and effective be it existing or mounted on another uk specific platform. Clearly support and logistics play a role.

Last edited 3 months ago by Spyinthesky
Malcolm Rich
Malcolm Rich (@guest_786583)
3 months ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Gerard hehe some old bloke pointing his walking sticks into the sky going ratatata… I love autocorrect

Posse Comitatus
Posse Comitatus (@guest_786599)
3 months ago

A pretty essential and OTS solution to drone and other aerial threats. I’m sure it shouldn’t take longer than 15 years to get into service…..

Simon (@guest_786627)
3 months ago

Cynical, but quite likely to turn out to be true

Last edited 3 months ago by Simon
David Owen
David Owen (@guest_786882)
3 months ago

For defence purposes against drones ,gun systems are a better and cheaper way of destroying them,hms diamond chucked very expensive missiles like us navy at drones ,but then you can have drones that that are small like the ones blowing up Mr putins army 😀 dropping small one kg bomb in the turret, the way warfare is changing its frightening,

Patrick C
Patrick C (@guest_789041)
3 months ago
Reply to  David Owen

the US army has just brought into service a stryker variant with a 60kw laser turret on top along with 360 degree AESA coverage. surprised that isn’t getting more news! seems like the perfect solution for the drone problem.

geoff.Roach (@guest_788027)
3 months ago

Don’t suppose we’ll ever see any of these.