YORK, Penn. & FALLS CHURCH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BAE Systems is expanding the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) and Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) production lines at its York, Pennsylvania manufacturing site. The expansion is part of a broader investment in BAE Systems’ combat vehicle facilities that ensures its manufacturing sites have the capacity necessary to deliver capability to the U.S. Government with increased efficiency and innovation.
BAE Systems’ York site will become the Production Center of Excellence for both the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and Amphibious Combat Vehicle programs while other product manufacturing lines will move to other sites across the U.S.
From the third quarter of 2023:
- AMPV will increase production rates and utilize additional advanced manufacturing techniques at York;
- ACV will expand its presence at York as customers’ needs increase;
- The M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer’s manufacturing will span Anniston, Alabama, York, and Elgin, Oklahoma;
- The M88A2 HERCULES Recovery Vehicle’s manufacturing will be completed in Anniston, Alabama, and through an industrial partner;
- Bradley Fighting Vehicle manufacturing will span Anniston, Alabama and York.
BAE Systems is also making important investments across its manufacturing sites as it continues to deliver advanced capabilities to the customer:
- York recently opened a Swim Pond test facility, allowing for amphibious vehicles to be tested on-site after production rather than transported to another location. The on-site pond reduces testing costs, saves significant time and increases testing flexibility;
- Additional paint booths will be installed in various locations, including York;
- Robotic welding capabilities will be added to lines across the industrial network;
- Test and integration capabilities will expand through new construction, which includes recently-added engine testing capabilities; and
- Laser cutting capabilities for plate preparation and a high-precision machining center will also be implemented to our network.
“These changes will continue to leverage York’s infrastructure and deep experience in manufacturing combat vehicles, while increasing capacity and efficiency across other sites,” said Andy Corea, BAE Systems’ vice president, general manager for Combat Mission Systems. “These investments allow us to fully leverage our industrial network to effectively and safely deliver combat vehicles to the U.S. military and its allies well into the future.”
The AMPV family of vehicles is the U.S. Army’s replacement for the Vietnam War-era M113s. The multi-mission family of vehicles provide essential upgrades to survivability, mobility, and interoperability with the Armored Brigade Combat Team. The AMPV family of vehicles includes the General Purpose, Mission Command, Mortar Carrier, Medical Treatment, and Medical Evacuation variants.
The ACV family of vehicles is an 8x8 wheeled platform built for the U.S. Marine Corps. The ACV is designed to be an adaptable amphibious platform capable of completing the complex mission objective of deploying Marines from ship to shore. The ACV family of vehicles includes the ACV-Personnel, ACV-Command, ACV-30, and ACV-Recovery.