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BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle Family of Vehicles (ACV FOV) program recently achieved its most significant milestone to date with the Marine Corps’ decision to move into full-rate production and award a $184 million contract for 36 vehicles. The ACV is an advanced, next generation vehicle designed for conducting ship-to-shore operations and effectively getting Marines into the fight. The full-rate production milestone comes shortly after the Marine Corps declared that the ACV had met the requirements for Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The IOC declaration is also a significant milestone for the program and a demonstration of the Marine Corps’ confidence in the vehicle.

“As the ACV enters into service it will be providing highly advanced solutions for conducting maritime-based warfare operations and will play a vital role in the Marine Corps’ complex and challenging missions,” said John Swift, the director of amphibious programs at BAE Systems.

The ACV is a highly mobile, survivable, and adaptable platform for conducting full spectrum ship-to-shore operations and as such, it brings enhanced combat power to the battlefield. Developed in conjunction with teammate IVECO Defence Vehicles, the ACV represents the optimum balance of sea and land mobility, survivability, and future growth potential. With a force protection capability three-times greater than the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, the ACV is designed so Marines can complete their missions successfully. It provides substantially increased horsepower, with its six-cylinder, 690 horsepower engine, making it capable of land speeds exceeding 55 mph. It’s also designed to provide Marines with the flexibility to address additional mission roles and future technologies through its modular design.

This first lot of full-rate production is planned to grow to 72 vehicles in early 2021, with the options calling for 80 vehicles annually over five years. BAE Systems is currently under a $67 million contract modification awarded in June 2019 to develop new variants for the ACV Family of Vehicles program to enhance battlefield situational awareness and firepower. The contract calls for the design and development of the command (ACV-C) and the 30 mm medium caliber cannon (ACV-30) variants. Design and development efforts have begun on both.

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