BAE Systems is showcasing its fourth Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) prototype at Eurosatory this week, highlighting the vehicle’s modular design and international adaptability.

Configured with a common top plate, known as the External Mission Equipment Package (ExMEP), this prototype demonstrates the vehicle’s ability to integrate various capabilities and equipment packages.

The showcased AMPV prototype features Oshkosh Defense’s Medium Caliber Weapon System (MCWS), a 30mm weapon system set for deployment with the U.S. Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.

The ExMEP, say the firm, can adapt to over 30 different turret systems, emphasizing the vehicle’s modularity and offering a versatile solution for international customers with diverse mission requirements.

“This latest prototype demonstrates the capabilities of a common top plate and the options it provides our allies and NATO partners for rapid integration of next-generation technology onto a proven vehicle,” said Bill Sheehy, AMPV programme director for BAE Systems.

“The adaptability of the AMPV design means we are able to execute new capability integration quickly and efficiently, further proving the platform’s future-proofed design.”

BAE Systems has previously integrated and demonstrated several prototypes using the common top plate. In November 2023, a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) prototype was successfully showcased, followed by the integration and delivery of a 120mm unmanned Turreted Mortar capability to the U.S. Army in January 2024. The AMPV NxT prototype, featuring a 30mm turret, was introduced at the AUSA Global Force event in March 2024.

Recently, BAE Systems received a $754 million contract from the U.S. Army to continue manufacturing the AMPV Family of Vehicles (FoV), ensuring a second phase of full-rate production through February 2027. This follows an initial $797 million contract awarded in August 2023.

The AMPV prototype is on display in Hall 5A at stand B369 at Eurosatory. For more information on BAE Systems’ capabilities featured at the event, visit their Eurosatory webpage.

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Tullzter (@guest_827813)
1 hour ago

Modularity seems to be the highlight of this Eurosatory, with old Leopard platforms being adapted with the Skyranger, old m113 with new turrets, and now the ExMEP. it’s interesting and i’m guessing cost effective

ABCRodney (@guest_827834)
21 minutes ago

So the BAe AMPV is basically a turret less M2 Bradley with as much commonality with the M2 and Paladin as possible and is to replace the venerable M113.
It’s to carry out the non combat functions performed by the M113 but with a Man operated self defence weapon. Its functions are resupply, ambulance, medical treatment, command and mortar carrier.
So far that makes sense as it’s a cheap way to maximise the existing design and keep logistics / maintenance simple.
Now BAe stick another turret on it so it can do what precisely ?

harryb (@guest_827843)
8 seconds ago
Reply to  ABCRodney

Its just a demonstration of versatility. Likely aimed at foreign markets. However, its could have some appeal to the US Army as 2nd line IFV or as another specialised vehicle.