The US Army has finally been able to assemble a debut battle group, which includes exclusively modernized military equipment. It consists of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, howitzers and armored personnel carriers.
What is known
The formation was completed this week when the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division received Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) armored personnel carriers. They were developed by BAE Systems and are based on the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.
AMPVs are a replacement for the old M113 armored personnel carriers. They have been in service with the US Army for about 60 years. The arrival of the AMPV marks the beginning of the end for the M113.
It is expected that by the end of the first quarter a decision will be made to start full-scale production of AMPV. The US Army pledged more than $680 million in fiscal year 2023 to purchase 131 armored personnel carriers. At the same time, purchases will be made in the 2024 financial year.
The 3rd Infantry Division was the first to receive a fully modernized armored brigade combat team. In addition to AMPV armored personnel carriers, it includes Abrams SepV3 tanks, M2A4 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and M109A7 Paladin Integrated Management self-propelled howitzers.
Source: Defense News