Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV): Background and Issues for Congress [September 24, 2013] [open pdf - 244KB]
"The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) is the Army's proposed replacement to the Vietnam-era M-113 personnel carriers, which are still in service in a variety of support capacities in Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs). While M-113s no longer serve as infantry fighting vehicles, five variants of the M-113 are used as command and control vehicles, general purpose vehicles, mortar carriers, and medical treatment and evacuation vehicles. An estimated 3,000 of these M-113 variants are currently in service with the Army. [...] A potential issue for Congress is, should the AMPV be the Army's number one combat vehicle acquisition priority? The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) noted in a report that it might be advisable to make the replacement of M-113s with AMPVs the Army's first acquisition priority as opposed to developing the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV). Other defense officials and analysts suggest, given current and anticipated future defense budgetary constraints, the Army's emphasis on the GCV might be unrealistic. They instead suggest a more appropriate course of action might be for the Army to shift its emphasis to the non-developmental AMPV."
CRS Report for Congress, R43240
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html