The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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).

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