BAE Systems has received a $120 million (€107 million) contract from the US Marine Corps (USMC) for additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) under a third order for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), the company announced on 30 October.

This is an important next step on the path to full rate production and is for the ACV armoured personnel carrier (APC) variant, known as ACV-P, an eight-wheeled amphibious assault vehicle capable of transporting Marines from ship to shore and conducting land operations. Each vehicle embarks 13 Marines in addition to a crew of three.

This award further validates the Marine Corps’ confidence in the vehicle’s proven capability in meeting their amphibious mission, and represents an important step toward fielding the vehicle in the Fleet Marine Force. The ACV is a highly mobile, survivable and adaptable platform designed for growth to meet future mission role requirements while bringing enhanced combat power to the battlefield,” said John Swift, Director of Amphibious Programs at BAE Systems.

Current low-rate production is focused on the ACV-P variant. More variants will be added under full rate production, to include the command and control (ACV-C), 30mm medium-calibre turret (ACV-30) and recovery variants (ACV-R) under the ACV Family of Vehicles programme.

The USMC selected BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, for the ACV programme in 2018, to replace its legacy fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles, which have been in service for decades and were also built by BAE Systems. (Photo: BAE Systems)

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