Armored personnel carriers for the competition under the American program Mrs

The magazine "Jane's International Defense Review" in the article "Details emerge on competitors for the USMC's Marine Personnel Carrier" reports that at the "Modern Day Marine" annual exhibition and conference of the United States Marine Corps (IOM) held on 25 on 27 in September Quantico (Virginia) was released a new information about the development of the competition of the USMC on the new wheeled armored personnel carrier program of the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC), as well as presented prototypes of two vehicles participating in the competition.


The MPC program currently provides for the purchase of the 579 "medium" floating armored personnel carriers with the 8x8 wheel formula for the KMP with the achievement of the initial operational readiness stage in the 2018 year. It is assumed that each battalion of the Marine Corps will have one company equipped with MPC machines. It should be noted that the MPC program is not an alternative, but complementary to the acquisition programs of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) promising amphibious combat vehicle, and after canceling the latter, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), adopted for EFV, instead of the EFV. replacement of the now-operated tracked amphibious AAV. The KMP requirements for the MPC machine include enhanced minefield protection, combat weight in the range from 20,4 to 25 tons, maximum speed on the water of at least 6 nodes, and on land - 65 miles per hour.


The prototype of the proposed US Marine Corps competition for the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program by Lockheed Martin Corporation of the Havoc armored personnel carrier, which is a variant of the Patria AMV vehicle. Quantico, exposition of "Modern Day Marine". 25.09.2012 (c) Dan Wasserbly / Jane's


In August-September 2012, the ILC issued contracts for 3,5 million dollars each to four IFAs participating bidding companies - Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) and SAIC - for the construction and conduct of an initial stage of assessment tests on one copy of the machines they offer. Under the terms of the issued contracts, each company must deliver a complete prototype for testing at the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch at Camp Pendleton in March-April 2013, as well as two armored cases for carrying out tests for explosive resistance at the Nevada Automotive Test Center in Carson City (Nevada).

The Lockheed Martin Corporation, in partnership with the Finnish Patria Land Systems, offers the Havoc vehicle for the MRS competition, a modification of the Patria AMV (Armored Modular Vehicle) armored personnel carrier. The prototype Havoc, manufactured according to the requirements of the ILC, was demonstrated in the exhibition "Modern Day Marine". The article notes that Havoc does not have a V-shaped hull bottom, but with the aim of increasing the level of mine protection it is equipped with a special “subframe” ('subframe') of the hull. The machine also has a reinforced floor and shockproof seats. Although the KMP has not yet made a decision on the type of armament of the MLSs, the prototype of the Havoc is equipped with a turret with an 12,7-mm machine gun and an 40-mm automatic grenade launcher, similar to the AAV used on the KMP.

In turn, BAE Systems has teamed up with the Italian Iveco, offering to the MRS competition a modification of the new BTR Iveco SUPERAV. A prototype machine based on the SUPERAV for MRS was also presented at the "Modern Day Marine" exposition. The prototype is equipped with a Kongsberg CROWS remote-controlled turret with an 12,7-mm machine gun. BAE Systems declares the machine’s “mine protection of the hull and seats” without disclosing details.

Two other competing firms were not represented at Modern Day Marine. GDLS is considered to offer a version of its Piranha family car to the IFA competition, while SAIC, in partnership with Singaporean ST Kinetics, offers the latest TERREX BTR.


The prototype of the proposed US Marine Corps (Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program) by BAE Systems Corporation and the Iveco group of the Iveco SUPERAV armored personnel carrier. Quantico, exposition of "Modern Day Marine". 25.09.2012 (c) Dan Wasserbly / Jane's
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  1. ShturmKGB 4 October 2012 10: 45 New
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    Everything is back to square one ...
    1. crazyrom 5 October 2012 06: 00 New
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      I'm stupid! I absolutely do not understand how to make an armored car with a huge unarmored grille in its nose (photo below and above). This grill together with the engine can probably be taken out of the AK, if not, then 12.7mm for sure. I am silent about RPGs. And what kind of armored car is this?
      1. Pimply 5 October 2012 06: 44 New
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        Tell us how you should.
  2. Rustam 4 October 2012 10: 50 New
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    By the way, the US military Iveco SUPERAV is proposed. This is an etalon (even the guys at the AMZ tell me that the car is excellent)
    these are not obsolete centaurs and frantsii

    a little run-through on the history of creation and tth
    Super AV ”is the development of the BBM“ Freccia ”developed on the basis of the“ Centaur ”. The hull design is generally similar to that used by Centaur, while the hull is made with the initial use of the 4th generation combined modular armor developed by the German IBD Deisenroth Engineering.
    Thanks to new booking technologies, the new car is much lighter than its predecessor, providing ballistic protection of the STANAG 4569 Level 4 level.
    The buoyancy of the machine is ensured with sea waves up to 3 points, the movement is provided by a pair of screws in the aft of the hull. The mass of the empty car is ~ 15 tons. Buoyancy is ensured up to a mass of 24 tons, the maximum estimated mass is up to 29 tons.
    The crew of the vehicle in the BTR version is 13 people, the driver is located in the bow of the hull, the airborne compartment is located in the stern of the hull and accommodates 12 fully equipped infantrymen. The useful internal volume of the hull is 13 m3.

    Hydropneumatic independent suspension allows the driver to adjust the height of the ride height while driving, to reduce the height during loading and unloading operations during transportation by air (C-130). Iveco Cursor 13 6L engine with a power of 500-560 hp, automatic transmission ZF 7HP902.
    1. vorobey 4 October 2012 11: 00 New
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      Tasty. the blind man will not miss. Rustam, agree.
      1. Rustam 4 October 2012 11: 16 New
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        of course bro smile
        Popovkin, being a deputy in armament, wanted to have a Eurostar and suggested organizing the purchase and production of SUPER AV, but in return this is not for you
        look at budgetary centaurs and France (although it would be possible to push Italy through BB and get it)
        but old centaurs and more modern freesias came to us
        I certainly hope for a boomerang from AMZ But I don’t know what to do with them

        photo inside super av
        1. vorobey 4 October 2012 11: 28 New
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          Thanks to Rustam for the information. I’m already far from all this, and then slowly I’m getting involved again. so where to keep up with the young.

          as I understand this driver’s place.
        2. Pimply 4 October 2012 14: 09 New
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          Nice machine
  3. vorobey 4 October 2012 10: 52 New
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    Yes, the chisel in the second shot was certainly impressive. God forbid that it floats the same way.

    This is clearly not a defensive battle machine. the lads get tired of digging a trench for her. Although the decision on mine protection was impressive. that’s how effective it is.
  4. sergey69 4 October 2012 11: 02 New
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    The Russian Federation wanted to buy Iveco SUPERAV for testing the armored personnel carrier, but the Italians did not want to sell, they said that it was very difficult for the Russian army, and they sold the obsolete Freccia armored personnel carrier.
    1. Rustam 4 October 2012 11: 17 New
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      exactly said wink
      another photo super av
  5. wasjasibirjac 4 October 2012 18: 57 New
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    the car is really sooo high, judging by the photo with the man - only the body will be almost 3 meters under. it’s beautiful inside, but what will happen if a technician passes through all this magnificence at some block point, can all IT work in isolation from a high-tech base or die
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    bask 4 October 2012 20: 00 New
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    Thank you Rustam for the info. Super-AV is a serious tachanka. You need to study it in more detail. It's not a fact that we can succeed. The rights of the Italian. , makaonnikov ,, I think ours do not impose. In the Republic of Armenia one has to do something simpler and not break.