The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a contract modification to BAE Systems team to develop new variants for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Family of Vehicles programme.

Under the $67m contract, BAE Systems and its partner Iveco Defence Vehicles will design and develop the command (ACV-C) and the 30mm medium calibre cannon (ACV-30) variants.

BAE Systems amphibious programmes director John Swift said: “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.”

Equipped with seven work stations, the ACV-C has the ability to provide situational awareness and control of the battle space.

The ACV-30 is armed with a 30mm cannon to offer enhanced firepower protection to the Marines. The vehicle can also accommodate troop capacity and payload.

The ACV programme is in the low-rate initial production (LRIP) phase. BAE Systems won the LRIP contract in June 2018 for the personnel variant (ACV-P).

After selecting BAE Systems, the Marine Corps subjected the ACV to requirements testing. The vehicle performed as per expectations and as a result, the service ditched an envisioned incremental ACV 1.1 and ACV 1.2 development approach.

The team will undertake the development of the ACV variants in Stafford, Virginia; San Jose, California; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Aiken, South Carolina; and York, Pennsylvania.

The ACV 1.1 solution is designed to meet the mission objective of deploying Marines from ship to shore.

Earlier this week, BAE Systems has received a contract from the US Navy to modernise and maintain command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems.

The five-year contract involves modernisation of C5ISR systems embedded within vehicles, watercraft, and specialised communications platforms.