BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles Work on Command and 30mm Variants
BAE Systems announced on 25 June that, with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, the company has been a awarded a $67million (€59 million) contract modification by the US Marine Corps (USMC) to develop new variants for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Family of Vehicles programme, to enhance battlefield situational awareness and firepower.
“The ACV has proven to be a versatile platform capable of numerous configurations to meet current and future mission requirements […] With this award, BAE Systems will be able to develop a family of vehicles that will deliver the technology and capability the Marines require to accomplish their mission in support of our national security,” commented BAE Systems Director of Amphibious Programmes, John Swift.
The contract calls for the design and development of command (ACV-C) and 30mm medium caliber cannon (ACV-30) variants. The former incorporates seven work stations to provide situational awareness and control of the battle space, while the latter integrates a 30mm cannon to provide the lethality and protection the Marines need, while leaving ample room for troop capacity and payload.
BAE Systems was previously awarded a low-rate initial production contract in June 2018 for the personnel variant (ACV-P). The USMC announced the ACV had successfully completed anticipated requirements testing and that it would no longer be pursuing a previously envisioned incremental ACV 1.1 and ACV 1.2 development approach. The programme is now known as the ACV Family of Vehicles, which encompasses the breadth and depth of the vehicle’s capabilities and multiple variants.
BAE Systems has a long legacy of designing and building amphibious vehicles and is a leading provider of combat vehicles, having produced more than 100,000 systems for customers worldwide. Iveco Defence Vehicles brings additional proven experience to the current effort, having designed and built more than 30,000 multi-purpose, protected and armored military vehicles that are in service today.
Development of the ACV variants will take place in Stafford, VA, San Jose, CA, Sterling Heights, MI, Aiken, SC and York, PA.