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The BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) programme has achieved its most significant milestone to date with the USMC’s decision to move into full-rate production and award a US$184M contract for 36 vehicles. This comes shortly after the service declared the ACV had met the requirements for Initial Operational Capability on 13 November.

The ACV is a highly mobile, survivable, and adaptable platform for conducting full spectrum ship-to-shore operations, bringing enhanced combat power to the battlefield. Developed with IVECO Defence Vehicles, the ACV represents the optimum balance of sea and land mobility, survivability, and future growth potential. With a force protection capability three times greater than the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, the ACV is designed so Marines can complete their missions successfully. It provides substantially increased horsepower, with its six-cylinder, 690 horsepower engine, making it capable of land speeds exceeding 55 mph. It’s also designed to provide Marines the flexibility to address additional mission roles and future technologies through its modular design.

Future ACV Variants for the USMC

This first lot of full-rate production is planned to grow to 72 vehicles in early 2021, with the options calling for 80 vehicles annually over five years. BAE Systems is currently under a US$67M contract modification awarded in June 2019 to develop new variants for the ACV family to enhance battlefield situational awareness and firepower. The contract calls for the design and development of the command (ACV-C) and the 30mm medium caliber cannon (ACV-30) variants. Design and development efforts have begun on both.

ACV production and support is taking place at BAE Systems locations in:

  • Stafford, Virginia
  • San Jose, California
  • Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Aiken, South Carolina
  • York, Pennsylvania

Jack Richardson