Get there, wet or dry
U.S. Marines test an amphibious vehicle boasting best systems survivability
BAE Systems rolled out the first of 16 Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototypes to the U.S. Marine Corps in a ceremony at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, facility recently.
BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 offering is a fully amphibious, shiplaunchable and ship-recoverable 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle.
“BAE Systems has a longstanding legacy of supporting the Marine Corps’ amphibious mission,” said John Swift, the company’s director for the ACV 1.1 programme.
“That expertise has allowed us to deliver the first of these vehicles ahead of schedule.”
BAE Systems’ solution for ACV 1.1 leverages an existing platform provided by Iveco Defence Vehicles.
It is highly effective at sea when compared to any other amphibious vehicle in production today, providing superior land mobility and state-of-the-art systems survivability.
“As the Marine Corps begins testing we are confident that the capabilities of these vehicles will be proven,” Swift said.
The BAE Systems solution balances the Marine Corps’ demands for an affordable, production-ready platform with added designs for increased force protection, water and land mobility, lethality, transportability and survivability.
BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 is equipped with a robust 700HP engine, providing a significant power increase over the Assault Amphibious Vehicle that is currently operated by the Marine Corps.
The vehicle excels in all-terrain mobility and has a suspended interior seat structure for 13 embarked Marines, blast-protected positions for an additional crew of three and improved survivability and force protection over currently fielded systems.
The Marine Corps awarded BAE Systems a $103,7 million (R1,46 billion) contract for the engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase of the ACV 1.1 programme in November 2015, one of two EMD contracts issued.
During this phase, the company is to produce 16 prototypes that will be tested by the Marine Corps starting in the first quarter of 2017. — WR.
BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 solution has completed thousands of kilometres of mobility testing and a full range of amphibious operations, including demonstrations of launch and recovery.