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US Starts Retiring M113s

US Starts Retiring M113s

The United States Army delivered the first BAE Systems-made Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPV) to the 1st Armoured Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, this week, signalling the end of the M113 armoured personnel carriers, which have been in service since the 1960s. BAE was recently awarded a $245.6 million contract to purchase long-lead items to keep production running smoothly.

The AMPV shares components with the howitzers and Bradley vehicles, such as tracks, engines, and transmissions, reducing the unit"s logistical burden.US Starts Retiring M113sThe 3rd Infantry Division is the first to have a fully modernised armoured brigade combat team that includes Abrams SepV3 tanks, M2A4 Bradley infantry combat vehicles, M109A7 Paladin Integrated Management howitzers, and now Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicles.The achievement also indicates that a full-rate production decision is near. In its FY23 budget documents, the Army proposed spending $682.4 million on 131 AMPVs in FY24. According to budget documents, the service"s base budget request is for 91 vehicles at $555 million.US Starts Retiring M113sAccording to AMPV product manager Lt. Col. Nate Costa, the Army will purchase 197 AMPVs in FY24 when the base budget and supplemental funding are combined, roughly doubling the number of AMPVs funded in the base budget.

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