The U.S. Marine Corps recently awarded BAE Systems a $113.5 million contract for 26 additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) under the Low-Rate Initial Production phase of the program.
BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles are replacing the corps’ Assault Amphibious Vehicles with ACV, a mobile and adaptable platform for conducting rapid ship-to-shore operations.
“The ACV provides the most survivable and mobile amphibious vehicle to the U.S. Marines Corps for supporting the warfighters’ ability to successfully execute their unique expeditionary missions,” John Swift, BAE Systems director of amphibious, said. “This award further demonstrates our commitment to that mission; it’s an important milestone for the program and represents a major step toward full-rate production.”
The contract brings the number of ACV ordered to 116. BAE Systems has been in low-rate production since 2018, and this order brings the program closer to full-rate production.
The company has been working on the personnel carrier variant of the ACV. The vessel will consist of additional variants, including command and control, 30mm medium caliber turret, and recovery versions.
BAE Systems will produce and support the ACV in five locations: Aiken, S.C.; Stafford, Va.; San Jose, Calif.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; and York, Pa.