BAE Systems jumps into the Army's MPF competition

By James LaPorta  |  March 5, 2018 at 11:24 AM
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March 5 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has announced that the company has submitted its proposal to the U.S. Army to develop and field the Mobile Protected Firepower vehicle for use by Army Infantry Brigade Combat Teams.

"Our MPF vehicle is the result of more than 30 years of research and development to build a rapidly deployable, light combat vehicle designed specifically to support the light infantry," Jim Miller, director of Business Development at BAE Systems' Combat Vehicles business, said in a company press release.

The Mobile Protected Firepower, or MPF vehicle, is lauded as essential for Army fighting forces in the 21st century. BAE says the MPF vehicle will provide enhanced protections for ground combat units while delivering "overwhelming precision firepower" over multiple terrains and environmental conditions.

"Our offering integrates the most modern technologies into a non-developmental design based on development, testing and lessons learned from our portfolio of combat vehicle programs," Miller said.

The company said it has made significant improvements on the type-classified M8 Armored gun system and other previous development programs to create the fully integrated MPF system that is more lethal, mobile and boasts a longer life cycle.

"Our solution is built around the IBCT's needs and the evolving threats they face," Miller said. "It is as deployable as the IBCT's other equipment and is easily sustained and maintained with assets already organic to the IBCT. Our infantry fights in close terrain, urban areas, and remote locations, so a smaller, lightweight vehicle that still provides superior protection and lethality was essential to the design of our MPF offering."

BAE Systems is currently testing their version of the MPF vehicle. BAE Systems will submit the vehicle to the Army in April for additional government testing in order to try and win the contract, the company said.

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