BAE wins contract to develop ACV vehicle variants for USMC

26 June 2019 (Last Updated June 26th, 2019 17:44)

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

BAE wins contract to develop ACV vehicle variants for USMC
The USMC and BAE Systems are in the LRIP phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program and are developing new variants. Credit: BAE Systems, Inc.

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.