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US Speeds Plan for New Armored Vehicle and Sends Older Models to Ukraine

  • Army to send Ukraine vehicles now, restock with improved model
  • The new Armored Multiple-Purpose Vehicle is being built by BAE
An M113 carrier
An M113 carrierPhotographer: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

The US Army plans to use $867 million in Ukraine emergency funding for a new contract and accelerated production of an improved armored personnel carrier from BAE Systems Plc to replenish its own inventory.

The Armored Multiple-Purpose Vehicle will replace the M113 carrier, a workhorse introduced in the Vietnam War era. Under drawdowns of Pentagon stockpiles authorized by President Joe Biden, 200 of the older M113s will be sent to Ukraine by the active-duty Army and the Army National Guard.