US Orders More Amphibious Combat Vehicles From BAE

BAE Systems has been awarded $25 million to provide the US Marine Corps with more Amphibious Combat Vehicle-Personnel (ACV-P) units under its fourth order for full-rate production.

The deal is a follow-on order to a previously-awarded $181-million contract for the vehicles.

The agreement also covers the vehicles’ fielding and sustainment costs, as well as support and test equipment.

BAE Systems amphibious vehicles vice president Garrett Lacaillade said the deal underlines the company’s commitment to providing the force with state-of-the-art, mission-ready capabilities.

“This contract award allows us to continue to deliver this critical capability to the Marine Corps to enable warfighters to complete ship-to-shore missions and other expeditionary requirements,” Lacaillade said.

Defense firm Iveco will provide additional support for the production of the vehicles.

The ACVs will replace the corp’s Amphibious Assault Vehicles first introduced in 1972.

The Amphibious Combat Vehicles

BAE Systems and Iveco introduced the ACV in 2020 as a multi-role, open-ocean-capable vehicle suitable for reconnaissance, combat support, and multi-terrain transport.

Its four variants focus on specialized roles, equipped with technologies that offer additional support for personnel, command and control, and recovery missions, as well as armaments for increased lethality and protection.

The US currently operates more than 1,300 ACVs. Other operators from around the world include Argentina, Italy, and the Philippines.

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