The U.S. Army awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $376 million for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program and rapid prototyping effort with low-rate initial production options. 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.
BAE Systems’ solution will provide the Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) with a highly agile, armor-protected platform that delivers overwhelming and precise firepower for use across the spectrum of terrains and operations. It is an optimized, rapidly deployable, light combat vehicle designed specifically to support light infantry. The vehicle leverages investments the Army made in the M8 Armored Gun System, including its low-profile design, and 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 roll-out powerpack design allows access to the engine and transmission without the aid of heavy equipment.
It also integrates scalable armor and survivability subsystems to protect the vehicle and crew from threats on the future battlefield. The vehicle employs situational awareness systems for high levels of survivability and crew protection, and the compact design allows for multiple vehicle deployment on a C-17.
Work on the EMD vehicles will take place at BAE Systems’ facilities in Aiken, South Carolina; San Jose, California; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and York, Pennsylvania.