A formal request for proposals for the US Army's Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle that was
expected this month has been delayed until July 22, the service said last week.
While no reason was given for the delay, an Army official ascribed the schedule slip to difficulties associated with managing long-term programs amid the budget uncertainty the service currently faces.
The AMPV is intended to be the Army's replacement for nearly 3,000 of its Vietnam-era M113 infantry carriers.
Each vehicle has an average unit manufacturing cost target of $US1.8 million, according to Army slides from an April 23 industry day held in Warren, MI.
At that rate, the total AMPV price tag could exceed $US5 billion.
M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers have provided the Australian Defence Force with a protected mobility capability since the Vietnam War.
The Land 106 M113 APC upgrade included an electrically powered turret, day/night weapon sights, a new engine, steering controls, drive train, electrical and fuel systems as well as a newly designed internal layout to accommodate safe stowage.
Some 431 M113AS4 vehicles in seven variants, applique armour and ILS, have been delivered and project closure has commenced. Approved project expenditure was $885 million of which $791 million has been spent to date.
Upgrade contractor was Tenix, later BAE Systems Australia.-Inside Defense/DMO.
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