The 82nd Airborn Division, at Fort Bragg, NC will soon be receiving prototypes of the new Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) vehicle. These new Army vehicles are designed to complement the missions of infantry units, assisting them in mobility. They will also provide the capability of destroying armored vehicles, buildings, and entrenched positions in a peer to peer conflict setting.

General Dynamics Land Services and BAE Systems were both contracted to build 12 prototypes for military testing.

The General Dynamics design is based on the AJAX chassis, which is used by the United Kingdom. The chassis is combined with an M1 Abrams tank turret, making it the larger of the two prototypes. BAE’s design is an upgraded and updated version of the M8 Buford Armored Gun System. BAE’s vehicle’s size is between the Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and the Stryker.

Defense News recently published an in-depth article on this new vehicle.

The Army requires that these vehicles be able to fit on a C-17.

The military is going to let the infantry units decide which vehicle is the best. The soldiers of the 82nd Airborne will use and test these vehicles in some of the toughest training conditions.

The 82nd will work with the vehicle prototypes from January 4, 2021, through June 2021.

A statement released on December 11 said, “Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne will soon get the chance to do something no U.S. infantry soldier has done in 26 years — employ a dedicated mobile, direct fire vehicle platform against hardened positions, dismounted personnel and light armored vehicles.”