BAE delivers first MPF prototype

By Ethan Sterenfeld, Jaspreet Gill / April 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM

BAE Systems has delivered its first prototype of the Mobile Protected Firepower light tank to the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, a BAE spokeswoman said late last month.

The tank will be used in the Army’s soldier vehicle assessment at Ft. Bragg, NC, which began in January. The service will use the assessment to choose between prototypes from BAE and General Dynamics Land Systems.

“BAE Systems has delivered its first of 12 Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) prototype vehicles to Aberdeen to prepare for the Army’s Soldier Vehicle Assessment at Ft. Bragg,” a BAE spokeswoman said in a statement to Inside Defense. “Our MPF offering couples low signature, overwhelming firepower, high mobility, proven armor, and damage-mitigating technologies for maximum system and crew protection and survivability.”

BAE has faced more delays in delivering prototypes than General Dynamics, which delivered all 12 of its vehicles by the end of December.

Last week, a BAE official, speaking on background, told Inside Defense a lot of the delays were due to supplier issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The official also confirmed BAE has delivered two ballistic hull and turrets to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and will deliver another MPF prototype this month.

An Army spokeswoman confirmed the Army received BAE’s first MPF prototype.