On June 19th, 2018, BAE Systems has announced that their team won the U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) competition. The company was awarded a $198 million contract for the initial delivery of 30 vehicles. The contract has an option to be modified to a total procurement of 204 ACVs which will worth $1.2 billion.
Dean Medland, the 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.
The first 16 prototypes were tested by the US Marine Corps and proved to have a satisfactory performance leading to the adoption of the vehicle by this branch of the United States Armed Forces.
ACV is an 8×8 wheeled amphibious armored personnel carrier equipped with a 6-cylinder 700HP engine. It has a maximum speed of over 65 mph and a maximum range of 365 miles before refuelling. According to BAE Systems, the vehicle has high mobility in all terrains and has an advanced blast protection for the three crew members as well as 13 embarked Marines. The vehicle also has an internal storage space for the equipment and two days of supplies for all the mentioned personnel. More information concerning the capabilities of the vehicle and its participation in the Marin Corps’ Advanced Combat Vehicle program can be found on the BAE Systems website.
The implementation of the contract will be accomplished in BAE Systems facilities located in Aiken, South Carolina; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis; Stafford; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania.
“BAE Systems team wins U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition”. (2018, June 19). BAE Systems. Retrieved from: https://www.baesystems.com/en/article/bae-systems-team-wins-u-s–marine-corps–amphibious-combat-vehicle-competition