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.