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BAE to build next-gen Amphibious Combat Vehicle

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The US Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $198 million contract to deliver 30 next-gen Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), which could extend to a total of 204 vehicles which could be worth up to $1.2billion for the British-headquarted company.
The Amphibious Combat Vehicle will replace the US Marine Corps' current Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
(Image via BAE Systems).

As the infantry arm of the US Navy, the US Marines have been looking to update their amphibious capability and so ran a competition to find a manufacturer that could provide them with a high-speed armoured vehicle that can self-deploy and operate on the open ocean, as well as fight on land.

BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, prevailed in the Marine Corps’ competition for the next generation of vehicles and will now be gearing up to begin manufacture of what they have called the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), which will replace the Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) which is currently in service and has been in operation with the Marines for decades.

The ACV will be manned by a 3 person crew and will be able to carry 13 marines inside a blast-resistant hull which can withstand IEDs, kinetic energy rounds, and overhead blasts. A further look at the specifications reveal it to be an advanced 8x8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is equipped with a new 6-cylinder, 700HP engine. In addition, the ACV has been designed around a flexible platform that can be adapted to accommodate growth for future technologies or requirements.
The Amphibious Combat Vehicle will be open-ocean capable and will also be able to fight alongside tanks on land.
(Image via BAE Systems).

Commenting on the competition win, Dean Medland, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles Amphibious and International at BAE Systems, said:

“We are well positioned and ready to build the future of amphibious fighting vehicles for the Marine Corps, having already produced 16 prototypes. Through this award, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Marine Corps by providing a best-in-class vehicle to support its mission through mobility, survivability and lethality.”

Prior to winning the competition, BAE Systems said they had conducted extensive risk mitigation testing and evaluations. Over the past 15 months, the company supported the Marine Corps’ rigorous Developmental Testing and Operational Assessment of the vehicles, which performed superbly in water and land operations, payload and survivability.

Work on the vehicles will now proceed at BAE’s facilities in Aiken, South Carolina; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis; Stafford; San Jose California; and York, Pennsylvania.

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