BAE Systems to supply US Marine Corps with 36 additional ACV Amphibious Combat Vehicles
The U.S. Department of Defense on March 25 announced that BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., is awarded a $173,592,903 firm-fixed-price modification to the previously awarded contract M67854-16-0006 for Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV). The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,733,760,197. This contract modification provides for the exercise of options for the procurement of 36 full-rate production ACVs and associated products, and fielding and support costs.
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U.S. Marines prepare for waterborne operations in Amphibious Combat Vehicles during bilateral amphibious assault training as part of exercise Iron Fist 2022 at White Beach, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 1, 2022. (Picture source; U.S. DoD)
Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania (60%); Aiken, South Carolina (15%); San Jose, California (15%); Sterling Heights, Michigan (5%); and Stafford, Virginia (5%), with an expected completion date of March 2024. Fiscal 2022 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $173,592,903 will be obligated at the time of award, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
The ACV will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps in four variants including an armored personnel carrier (ACV-C) which can carry three crew members, 13 soldiers and two days of combat equipment and supplies, a Command and Control Variant, a Recovery Variant (ACV-R) and a 30-mm Gun Variant (ACV-30).
The ACV is an 8x8 amphibious armored vehicle designed and manufactured by the company BAE Systems in collaboration with the Italian company Iveco Defence Vehicles. The layout of the ACV consists of three main compartments with the driver at the front left of the hull with the engine on its right, commander and weapon station in the middle, and troops area at the rear. The hull has been designed to provide high levels of protection against both mine and IED attacks without compromising the vehicle’s amphibious performance. In the water, the ACV is propelled in the water at a maximum speed of 11 km/h thanks to two propellers which were situated on either side of the hull at the rear.
The Armored Personnel Carrier (ACV-C) variant can accommodate 13 soldiers. The Marines enter and leave the vehicle through a large hydraulically operated ramp at the rear of the hull, which has an integral door in the center.
The ACV is powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine developing a 690 hp maximum. The vehicle can reach a top road speed of 105 km with a maximum cruising range of 523 km at 89 km/h.