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Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program (Image: US Army)

BAE Systems and General Dynamics have won a combined $710 million to build new light combat vehicle prototypes under the United States Mobile Protected Firepower initiative.

BAE Systems was awarded a $376 million contract and General Dynamics won $335 million for Mobile Protected Firepower middle tier acquisition and rapid prototyping effort with low-rate initial production options, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Tuesday.

Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 15, 2025.

In a separate statement, US Army said, “at this time there is no combat vehicle platform providing a mobile, protected, direct, offensive fire capability meeting Army MPF requirements for the IBCT.

The MPF will be able to neutralize enemy prepared positions and bunkers and defeat heavy machine guns and armored vehicle threats during offensive operations or when conducting defensive operations against attacking enemies.

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