The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has pre-awarded prototype agreements to Textron Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) for the service’s Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) competition.

USMC will start negotiations with Textron Systems and GDLS for Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) awards of ARV prototypes.

Upon successful talks, Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal will award the ARV OTAs using the Ground Vehicle Systems OTA through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium.

The ARV programme is aimed at replacing the USMC’s in-service GDLS-built Light Armored Vehicle-25 with a modern ARV. The LAV has been operational with the service since the 1980s.

The period of performance for the OTA agreements is 22 months.

Textron Systems plans to start these activities from 22 September to 21 December this year.

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During this period, Textron will produce a 6×6 wheeled amphibious reconnaissance vehicle ‘Cottonmouth’ for the USMC.

Textron’s Cottonmouth ARV is designed to operate within the USMC’s Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) construct.

Textron Systems senior vice-president David Phillips said: “Built from the ground up in less than nine months, the Cottonmouth is a low-risk, mission-oriented solution backed with over 750 miles of data using scenarios representative to the Marine Corps’ mission profile and requirements.

“The Cottonmouth is a testament to Textron Systems’ commitment to the Marine Corps’ vision and needs.

“We are proud to support the service in this next phase of the competition and look forward to working together.”

Data gathered from the prototyping efforts of the ARV competition will be delivered to USMC in Q1 2023.

A six-month government evaluation will follow in Q3 2023 after the prototype delivery.

General Dynamics Land Systems USMC and Navy Business Development director Phil Skuta said: “This innovative, multi-domain capability will be able to control air and ground robotics and provide critical reconnaissance information through onboard and networked sensors.”

Work on the LAV replacement is being coordinated by MCSC, Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Capabilities Development Directorate of Headquarters Marine Corps (CD&I).