BAE Systems Team Wins U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle Competition

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $198 million contract to
deliver an initial 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), with options for
a total of 204 vehicles which could be worth up to $1.2 billion. BAE
Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, prevailed in the
Marine Corps’ robust competition for the next generation of vehicles to
get the Marines from ship to shore to engage in land combat operations.

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BAE Systems’ ACV will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with a best-in-class vehicle to support its mission through mobility, survivability and lethality. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“We are well positioned and ready to build the future of amphibious
fighting vehicles for the Marine Corps, having already produced 16
prototypes,” said Dean Medland, vice president and general manager of
Combat Vehicles Amphibious and International at BAE Systems. “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 ACV provides exceptional mobility in all terrains, and blast
mitigation protection for all three crew and 13 embarked Marines, along
with other improvements over currently fielded systems. The new vehicle
is an advanced 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is equipped with a
new 6-cylinder, 700HP engine, which provides a significant power
increase over the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, which is currently in
service and has been in operation for decades. The ACV is also adaptable
to accommodate growth for future technologies or requirements.

The BAE Systems team conducted its own extensive risk mitigation testing
and evaluation for land mobility, survivability, and swim capabilities
that proved its vehicle’s performance prior to delivering the first 16
prototypes to the Marine Corps in 2017.

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 program will be performed at the company’s facilities in
Aiken, South Carolina; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis;
Stafford; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania.

The Marine Corps’ selection of BAE Systems for the ACV 1.1 program
further solidifies the company’s 70-year legacy of providing superior
amphibious vehicle capabilities to meet ship-to-objective and combat
tactical lift objectives. As a leading provider of combat vehicles, the
company has produced more than 100,000 systems for customers worldwide.
Iveco is also a proven manufacturer of combat vehicles, having designed
and built more than 30,000 multi-purpose, protected, and armored
military vehicles in service today.

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