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Rheinmetall Presents Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle At MSPO, Poland

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles has presented versatile Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) at the International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO.

Various weapon stations can be integrated into the AMPV. The spectrum ranges from manned ring-mount systems to highly advanced remote control weapon stations. Potential armament options include a 40mm automatic grenade launcher or a .50 cal. BMG.

The special operations variant on show at MSPO features a remotely operated weapon station made by Polish defence contractor Tarnow, armed with a heavy machine gun.

The AMPV can carry a payload of over two tonnes. In line with special operator requirements, the vehicle’s storage capacity has been carefully optimized so that there is plenty of space for extra equipment.

The vehicle is compact, measuring just 5,660 mm in length, 2,300 mm in width, and 2,180 mm in height. The AMPV can be airlifted in medium-sized transport aircraft like the C-160, C-130 or A400M. Moreover, heavy-duty transport helicopters such as the CH-47 and CH-53 can carry it as underslung cargo.

Thanks to its powerful 272 hp/200 kW diesel engine, the AMPV attains a maximum speed of 110 km/h.

Automatic transmission, automatic differential lock management, a robust chassis with independent suspension and double wishbones together with a central tyre inflation system all contribute to the vehicle’s excellent performance even in tough terrain. On paved roads, it has an operating range of 700 km.

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