On June 10, the U.S. Army formally introduced the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) system as the M10 Booker Combat Vehicle. The announcement occurred during the Army Birthday Festival at the National Museum of the U.S. Army. In designating the MPF the M10 Booker, the U.S. Army honors two fallen American soldiers – PVT Robert D. Booker (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in World War II) and SSG Stevon A. Booker (posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom).
On June 28, 2022, the U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded General Dynamics Land System Inc a $320,325,338 contract modification (P00050) for low-rate initial production and system technical services for the Mobile Protected Firepower system. According to U.S. Army budget request documentation, Mobile Protected Firepower Procurement funding supports production and fielding of the MPF system, which will provide the Army’s Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) a protected, long-range, precision direct-fire capability to ensure freedom of movement during offensive operations and defeat attacking enemies during defensive operations.
On September 25, 2018, the Army Acquisition Executive (AAE) approved the use of Middle Tier Acquisition (MTA) authorities to execute MPF rapid prototyping. On December 17, 2018, rapid prototyping contracts were awarded to BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS). Delivery of MPF prototypes commenced in 3rd Quarter FY20, and system testing began in 4th Quarter FY20. MPF testing was completed early in the second quarter of FY22. The results informed both the selection of an LRIP vendor and a 3Q FY22 Milestone C decision.
In FY23, the U.S. Army requested $356.7 million in Base Procurement funding to support the production of 28 LRIP MPF/M10 Booker systems. This second LRIP lot will enable an orderly production ramp-up and provide two company sets of M10 Bookers for fielding.
The Army expects delivery of the first LRIP systems by 2024, and fielding of the First Unit Equipped (FUE) battalion of 42 M10 Booker combat vehicles in the 4QFY25.
The M10 Booker Army Acquisition Objective (AAO) is 504 systems. The Army reportedly will spend at least $6.6 billion for these 504 systems. Total program life-cycle costs could reach $17 billion.
The related program element is directly aligned with the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Line of Effort 4 Modernization Priority.
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