BAE Systems has received a $211-million contract to deliver 40 additional amphibious combat vehicles (ACVs) to the US Marine Corps.
The order is a follow-on to previously awarded contracts, with a total cumulative value of $2.5 billion.
According to the US Department of Defense, the 40 vehicles under order will be in the personnel carrier variants, which can carry 16 soldiers, including three crew members.
The agreement also covers associated production and fielding costs, as well as support and test equipment.
The majority of the work for the contract will be carried out in Pennsylvania, with an expected completion date of February 2026.
In November last year, the US Marine Corps placed an order for 30 ACVs with a total value of $154 million.
The vehicles will reportedly replace the service’s legacy fleet of Amphibious Assault Vehicles.
Four months later, BAE Systems received another $257-million contract for the third full-rate production of 40 ACVs in combat and personnel carrier variants.
The US Marine Corps plans to procure a total of 632 ACVs.
Preparing for Tomorrow’s Challenges
BAE Systems’ ACV is described as an adaptable 8×8 platform designed to support ship-to-shore operations.
It combines amphibious capability with land mobility, improved survivability, and increased payload capacity to accommodate the evolving operational needs of the US Marine Corps.
The personnel variant can carry up to two days of combat equipment and supplies, and boasts maximum speeds of 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour on paved roads and over six knots (11 kilometers/7 miles per hour) in water.
According to company vice president Garrett Lacaillade, the ACV modernizes the amphibious capability of the US Marine Corps and is designed to help soldiers prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.