ARLINGTON (Virginia, the USA), June 20, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: BAE Systems
BAE Systems will deliver new amphibious combat vehicles to the U.S. Marine Corps under a $198 million contract, which was won in a robust competition, announced from the company on 19th June 2018.
The first delivery batch will contain 30 amphibious combat vehicles (ACV) and if the option for a total of 204 vehicles is eventually executed, then the overall contract value could reach the amount of $1.2 billion.
BAE won the competition for the next-generation vehicles together with Iveco Defence Vehicles. Both companies are proven manufacturers of combat vehicles
On the newly signed agreement, Dean Medland, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles Amphibious and International at BAE Systems, commented, “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 facilities of BAE in Aiken, South Carolina; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis; Stafford; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania will be used for the execution of the works under that contract.
Before delivering the 16 prototypes to the Marine Corps last year, the team of BAE Systems carried out its own testing and evaluation of the vehicle’s performance.
The newly developed ACV is an advanced all-terrain 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle. It features a new 6-cylinder, 700HP engine, thanks to which the vehicle will show increased power in comparison to the current quite old assault amphibious vehicles. The ACV will be upgradable and future technologies or requirements could be easily met.