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Armored Ground Mobility System (AGMS)

The Armored Ground Mobility System (AGMS) will enhance force protection and projection, increase load bearing capacity, and improve fire on the move stability and gunner protection for a non-turreted wheeled vehicle. Additionally, AGMS assets will be employed in high threat environments to support logistic operations, e.g., casualty evacuation and resupply. The AGMS is a wheeled, non-turreted vehicle whose primary requirements are: ballistic protection for 7.62 armor piercing wrap around protection for a crew of seven, C130 air transportable, underbody 4 lb mine protection under all wheels and centerline. The vehicle will be required to operate on JP8, capable of being towed, and mounting a tow pintle. The vehicle will be required to operate both on-road/off-road conditions. The mobility requirements consist of 30% primary roads, 30% secondary roads, and 40% cross country.

The Pandur was manufactured by Steyr Daimler Puch special vehicle AG & CO kg for the Austrian federal army. The USA purchased 50 Pandur APCs in a deal worth $51 million under the US designation Armored Ground Mobility System (AGMS). Delivery is scheduled for 2000-2004. Members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command will ride into the 21st century on a hot new set of wheels, specially modified Pandur 6x6 armored vehicles. Powered by a six-cylinder, 6.6-liter 285-hp engine, Pandurs can zip along highways on independent wheel suspension. The special Armored Ground Mobility System versions for Special Forces will include a central tire-inflation system, improved armor and firing ports. Pandurs can handle the water hazards too. Pressing a single button converts the vehicle to amphibious operation.

The AGMS will provide protection for the crew and passengers against mine blasts of up to 4 lbs. (12 lbs. desired) TNT when detonated under any tire. The crew/passenger compartment shall remain unaltered and the crew/passengers shall be 0 percent incapacitated following a TNT detonation under any wheel. The AGMS shall be equipped with body armor that provides all-aspect ballistic protection for the engine and crew compartments. The body armor shall afford protection against multiple hits at a 6 inch spacing from a 7.62x51mm AP round (12.7x99mm AP round desired) impacting at a 30 degree obliquity (0 degree obliquity desired). The impact velocity shall be equivalent to the velocity of the round at a distance of 10 meters from the muzzle.

The AGMS is be a wheeled vehicle capable of transporting a crew of seven (nine desired). The crew will consist of a primary driver and navigator/weapon operator/alternate driver in the front seats plus five (seven desired) passengers in the rear seating area. Crew seating will accommodate personnel wearing helmets, NVGs, body armor, and individual equipment.

The AGMS will be equipped with a weapon mount that is a roof mounted traversing ring. The traversing ring shall allow the gunner to rotate the weapon throughout a 360 degree range without interfering with crew operations. The weapon mount will accommodate the MK-64 gun mount when used with either the M2 50-caliber machine gun or MK-19 grenade machine gun.

The AGMS, at GVW, will be capable of maintaining a minimum speed of 60 MPH (80 MPH desired) indefinitely in high gear on flat hard surfaced roads. The AGMS, at GVW, will operate on internally carried fuel for a distance of at least 180 miles at an average speed of 30 to 40 mph on flat hard surface roads. The AGMS will be equipped with an engine that can operate on diesel and JP8 fuels. The AGMS, at GVW, will be air transportable by C-130, C-141, C-5, and C-17 aircraft. The capability to externally transport the AGMS, at CW, by CH-47 helicopter is desired. The capability for the AGMS, at GVW but excluding personnel, to be Low Velocity Air Drop (LVAD) deployed from C-130, C-141, and C-17 aircraft is desired.



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