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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2018 3:32 p.m. PST

… Purpose Vehicle.

"On September 24, 1st Cavalry Division soldiers completed a two-month program field testing the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team teamed up with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC), the Army's only independent operational test organization…."


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Tgunner27 Sep 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

Huh… still looks like a M113 to me.

StarCruiser27 Sep 2018 4:15 p.m. PST

It's a derivative of the Bradley platform so…probably decent and at least should have familiar components for the maint staff to deal with (and so on and so forth – not really inspiring though, is it?).

Lion in the Stars27 Sep 2018 4:16 p.m. PST

It's a closer cousin to a Bradley, chassis, suspension and engine are all sourced from the Bradley assembly lines.

Bronco5327 Sep 2018 6:13 p.m. PST

…which also means it shares significant parts commonality with the latest M109 Paladin variant (redesigned to use Bradley automotive components) and MLRS launcher vehicle (built on a stretched Bradley chassis).

Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2018 10:14 a.m. PST

Is "general purpose" considered basic troop transport? If so can it carry a full squad?

Soldiers conducting focus groups. While I suppose legit, it just strikes me as humorous.

Lion in the Stars28 Sep 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

Troops use things very differently from how the engineers think they use them.

You don't want to know how many times Electric Boat has called in people who worked on Tridents to teach their engineers stuff for the Columbia-class.

carne6828 Sep 2018 9:09 p.m. PST

You don't want to know how many times Electric Boat has called in people who worked on Tridents to teach their engineers stuff for the Columbia-class.

At least they're asking. Would that they had done so before building LCS's.

Tgunner29 Sep 2018 4:25 a.m. PST

I would imagine that it could be a troop carrier. General purpose means that it can be used for almost anything.

The Track (the M113) started life as a troop carrier, but then it was pressed into duty doing other jobs too. After all, it's an armored box on two tracks so it could be modified to carry supplies under armor, carry engineers, wounded, mortars, and even HQ types and their gear. It was easy enough to bring them back to carrying grunts and I can remember them being pressed back into battle taxi service for when my battalion was short on Brads.

So I would imagine that this critter could do much of the same thing. I mean heck, the thing LOOKS like a Track to me, so why not?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

You are right my friend.


Lion in the Stars29 Sep 2018 9:43 p.m. PST

@Tgunner: As I understand it, the AMPV is supposed to replace all the M113 variants still in use. Mortar carrier, ambulance, field HQ, etc.

While it could play battle taxi, we're supposed to be using Bradleys for that!

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