Conducted as part of its evaluation for the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) competition, the vehicle demonstrated its resistance capability to water penetration while carrying a full complement of Marine Corps battle gear for the crew during testing.
Earlier in 2012, the USMC awarded a $3.5m contract to Lockheed to carry out an eight-month evaluation programme on its Havoc 8×8 vehicle and validate its amphibious capabilities and human factors.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control ground vehicles vice president, Scott Greene, said that the Havoc 8×8 has validated its ability to operate in all surf and wave conditions, while meeting the US Marine Corps (USMC) requirements.
"The vehicle maintained 100% operational readiness throughout the test," Greene added.The Lockheed-led team for the programme includes Patria Land Systems. Design of Havoc 8×8 vehicle is based on Patria Land Systems’ 8×8 Armoured Modular Vehicle, which is deployed by armed forces globally to meet a range of mission requirements on both land and at sea.
Equipped with a modular ballistic protection system, the multi-mission expeditionary ground combat vehicle is capable of protecting troops against ballistic threats ranging from high-blast force levels to large-calibre kinetic threats.
Featuring exceptional mobility and transportability, Havoc has been configured to provide a wide range of weapons, sensors and communications options to meet various operational requirements.
Image: Lockheed’s Havoc 8×8 vehicle conducting in-shore operation. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.