The US Marine Corps has placed a contract option with BAE Systems, valued at $184 million (€152 million), for additional full-rate production Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), the company announced on 11 February.
The contract award covers production, fielding, and support costs for the ACV personnel carrier (ACV-P) variant. BAE Systems was awarded the first full-rate production contract option in December for the first 36 vehicles. This option on that contract increases the total number of vehicles under full-rate production to 72, for a total value of $366 million.
“The exercising of this option validates years of teamwork in partnership with the Marines to provide the most adaptable amphibious vehicle possible to meet their expeditionary needs,” commented John Swift, Director of Amphibious Programs at BAE Systems. “The ACV was designed to meet the Marines’ needs of today while allowing for growth to meet future mission role requirements.”
ACV is a highly mobile, survivable, and adaptable platform for conducting rapid ship-to-shore operations and brings enhanced combat power to the battlefield. BAE Systems is under contract to deliver two variants to the Marine Corps under the ACV Family of Vehicles programme: the ACV-P and the ACV command variant (ACV-C). A 30mm cannon variant (ACV-30) is currently under contract for design and development and a recovery variant (ACV-R) is also planned.
The Marine Corps selected BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, for the ACV programme in 2018, to replace its legacy fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV), also built by BAE Systems. The company was also recently awarded a contract valued at up to $77 million for the ACV programme, that includes provision of spare and replacement parts, testing equipment, and other services.