US Marines buy 6-cylinder BAE’s XDrive ACVs – 700hp, 3000Nm torque

WASHINGTON — US Marine Corps signs contract with BAE Systems for 33 Amphibious Combat Vehicles [ACVs] worth $169 million, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceTurk.

US Marines buy BAE's XDrive 6-cylinder ACVs - 700hp, 3000Nm torque
Photo credit: BAE Systems

The Amphibious Combat Vehicle [ACV] is a new generation 8×8 amphibious armored vehicle designed and manufactured by BAE Systems in collaboration with Italian company Iveco Defense Vehicles. A program to acquire a new amphibious combat vehicle was initiated by the United States Marine Corps [USMC] in 2011 to replace the older tracked amphibious combat vehicles AAV [officially named AAVP-7A1] that had been in service with the US Marine Corps since 1972.

US Marines buy BAE's XDrive 6-cylinder ACVs - 700hp, 3000Nm torque
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In November 2015, BAE Systems was awarded a $103.7 million engineering, manufacturing, and development [EMD] contract to deliver 16 ACV prototypes. The first prototype under the contract was delivered to the United States Marine Corps [USMC] in December 2016 and 16 prototypes were delivered at the end of 2017.

BAE Systems was awarded a $198 million contract for the first delivery of 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles [ACVs] in June 2018. The contract also includes options for the delivery of up to 204 vehicles, bringing the total contract value to $1.2 billion. BAE Systems received the first full-rate production Lot 1 contract for the first 36 vehicles in December 2020, and the additional production contract for 36 units in 2021.

US Marines buy BAE's XDrive 6-cylinder ACVs - 700hp, 3000Nm torque
Photo credit: Iveco

The contract also covers two variants of the ACV vehicle family, ACV-P (personnel variant) and ACV-C [command control variant], amphibious combat vehicles. However, the company has received a design and development contract for the ACV-30, a vehicle equipped with a 30mm gun, and it is also planned to produce an ACV-R [rescue vehicle] variant. Additionally, BAE Systems has been commissioned by the US Marine Corps to combine the advanced reconnaissance and command vehicle, control, communications, and computers/drone systems payload in one combat vehicle variant.

The ACV is an 8×8 amphibious armored vehicle and features a proven H-Drive system to provide full-time all-wheel drive on both land and shallow waters. Designed to be extraordinarily mobile, the ACV can maneuver in tight spaces and can be used in any terrain or environment. An explosion-proof body and energy-absorbing seats are key elements of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle [ACV] survivability system, which provides superior protection against mines, Improvised Explosives [IED], kinetic energy munitions. In addition, the vehicle has an automatic fire extinguishing system.

US Marines buy BAE's XDrive 6-cylinder ACVs - 700hp, 3000Nm torque
Photo credit: Iveco

The ACV is powered by an Iveco [Cursor 16] six-cylinder, 700 hp [515 kW] turbocharged and intercooler multi-fuel diesel engine that develops 3000 Nm of torque. The vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 523 km. The ACV is fully amphibious and can move through the water at a maximum speed of 11 km/h thanks to two water jets mounted at the rear of the hull. The ACV has a crew of three and is capable of carrying up to 13 military personnel, a gross vehicle weight of 35 tons, and a maximum payload of 3,300 kg. The overall length of the vehicle is 9.2 meters, width 3.1 meters, and height 2.9 meters.

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