BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to continue the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of amphibious combat vehicles (ACV) for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The $120m contract modification is the order for the third LRIP lot of ACVs.

Under the contract, BAE Systems will deliver 30 ACV personnel carrier variant (ACV-P) vehicles.

The company stated that the third-order represents a key milestone in transitioning the programme to full-rate production.

The ACV-P is an eight-wheeled amphibious assault vehicle that can carry 13 marines and a three-membered crew.

The vehicles will be able to transport marines at sea to the shore. The ACVs can also be used to undertake land operations.

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BAE Systems amphibious programmes director John Swift said: “This award further validates the Marine Corps’ confidence in the vehicle’s proven capability in meeting their amphibious mission, and represents an important step toward fielding the vehicle in the Fleet Marine Force.

“The ACV is a highly mobile, survivable and adaptable platform designed for growth to meet future mission role requirements while bringing enhanced combat power to the battlefield.”

The company will perform the contract work at locations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, California, and South Carolina.

BAE Systems stated that full-rate production will include additional variants, including the 30mm medium calibre turret (ACV-30), command and control (ACV-C), and recovery variants (ACV-R).

Last year, the company and its partner Iveco Defence Vehicles were chosen for the ACV programme.

The programme intends to replace the USMC’s legacy fleet of assault amphibious vehicles.