Science Applications International (SAIC) has delivered its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype for testing to the US Marine Corps (USMC) during a ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina.
The delivery follows a $121.5m contract awarded to SAIC for the engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase of the USMC’s ACV 1.1 programme. Testing of the first prototypes is slated to commence next month.
SAIC US Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group senior vice-president and general manager Tom Watson said: “SAIC is incredibly proud to deliver this modern, high-tech, highly-capable solution to the Marine Corps.
“Our employees and team members worked tirelessly to successfully deliver this solution to the Marine Corps on time despite delays due to an initial contract award protest.
“We are confident that this vehicle is equipped with the latest technology, which will strengthen the amphibious capabilities of the US Marine Corps today and into the future.”
ACV 1.1 is an advanced customised variant of the Terrex infantry carrier vehicle (ICV), which has been developed by Singapore Technologies Kinetics and is currently fielded by the Singapore Armed Forces.
The new armoured amphibious vehicle has an 8x8 wheel configuration and has been specifically customised to address the USMC requirements. Features include enhanced mobility, survivability, lethality, and C4ISR capability, which is designed to transport Marine Corps’ fighting units from ship to shore.
The ACV’s independent suspension system helps enhance the ground mobility and ride quality for marine during land operations, while the vessel’s hydraulically driven propulsion systems feature full independent thrust control authority and innovative water mode cooling system for easy deployment on water.
It also enables safe operation at Sea-State 3 for ship-to-shore operational employment and through a 6ft plunging surf.
The SAIC ACV is also equipped with advanced technologies that include 360-degree situational awareness, force protection through blast protection seats, and a V-Over-VTM hull design to ensure the safety of marines during combat activities.
Image: SAIC’s first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 prototype. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.