The next generation of protected mission vehicles
Police and security forces increasingly see themselves confronted with high threat missions. Police missions at home or abroad have therefore lead to a higher demand for armored vehicles in the past years.
At home in deployment
With its compact vehicle dimensions and very high level of protection, the AMPV Police vehicle is in accordance with the needs of evermore demanding missions. Next to the high safety standards, this includes, above all, agility and maneuverability in urban or unsafe areas. The AMPV encounters theses demands with a turning circle of just 15m and a high-performance, 200kW (272 hp) engine. In addition, it is capable of deployment in heavy terrain which is guaranteed by its heavy duty chassis with independent suspension – proven by its ability to climb gradients of more than 70%. Even though the AMPV sets international standards in terms of safety – the self-supporting safety cell made from armor steel and composite armor increases the safety of the crew to a maximum – its handling corresponds to that of a modern SUV. The vehicle thereby stands for an innovative, high-performance and future-oriented generation of armored vehicles.
Main characteristics of the AMPV
- Construction of the vehicle based on the mission experiences of the Bundeswehr
- Self-supporting safety cell with composite armor for maximum level of protection in its class
- Automated transmission for the best mobility on missions
- Automated differential lock for easy handling
- Vehicle concept with a balance between payload/volume, protection and gross weight
- Robust chassis with independent suspension designed to resist greatest strain in any terrain
- Tyre pressure control system (RDRA)
- High ergonomic standard and easy handling
Two series types – One vehicle family
The vehicle family of the AMPV encompasses two series types. The AMPV Type 1 is the smaller vehicle in terms of vehicle dimensions and is ideal as an agile liaison vehicle. In addition, a special patrol version is planned which is suitable for transport with the CH53 transport helicopter. The AMPV Type 2 is characterized by a higher level of protection as well as a higher payload. The entire vehicle family is however based on uniform construction principles and technologies. Both vehicle types have very compact vehicle dimensions which allow for the usage of identical components in terms of logistics. Thereby, an easier maintenance and training for all vehicles of the AMPV family are guaranteed.
With an empty weight of just 7.3 tons the AMPV has a payload of 2.6 tons and can accommodate four soldiers and a variety of armament variants. For self-defense purposes, the vehicle can be fitted with a weapons station on the roof, this being equipped with either a machine gun up to 12.7 mm caliber or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The second variant of the vehicle (AMPV 2) has larger vehicle dimensions and is characterized by a higher level of protection as well as the possibility of a higher payload.
* The AMPV is a joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and RMMV