SIXTEEN prototypes and 18 months after accepting the first prototypes, the U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems and its partner Iveco Defence Vehicles a $198 million contract to deliver the first 30 of the Corps’ next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV). The contract for the fully amphibious, ship-launchable troop carrier includes an option of up to $1,2 billion for a total of 204 vehicles.
ACV is built to carry 13 Marines inside a blast-resistant hull designed to take on mines, IEDs, kinetic energy rounds, and overhead blasts as they ride in a suspended interior seat structure. The crew of three have their own blast protection and there is a fire suppression system. The 8x8 vehicle is powered by a six-cylinder engine belting out 522 kW (700 American horsepower).