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The US Ma­rine Corps is re­vamp­ing its en­tire fleet of am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cles. Ini­tially, it only or­dered 30 Am­phibi­ous Com­bat Ve­hi­cles (ACV) at R112 mil­lion a pop. By the end of the con­tract, BAE will have built 204 of these things.

The ACV was de­signed specif­i­cally with ship-to-shore at­tacks in mind, much like the D-Day as­sault on Nor­mandy dur­ing WWII.

Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude eight-wheel drive, blast mit­i­ga­tion pro­tec­tion, a six-cylin­der pow­er­train with over 500kW on tap and some light fire­power. It has space for three crew mem­bers and 13 marines. To put that in per­spec­tive, the land­ing crafts dur­ing the Al­lied forces’ am­phibi­ous land­ing at Nor­mandy were made from ply­wood and could carry 36 troops at a speed of 17km/h.

Will it be built?

Yes. Only a few hun­dred for now but more in the fu­ture.

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