In the framework of the contract for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 program recently awarded from the U.S. Marine Corps to the company BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, will deliver a solution that will be built from the ground up to be an amphibious vehicle and will provide significant capability improvements to satisfy the Marine Corps’ current and future needs.
The award is one of two EMD contracts issued. During this phase, BAE Systems will deliver 16 prototypes that will be tested by the Marine Corps beginning in the third quarter of 2016.
BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 solution is an advanced 8x8 open ocean-capable vehicle based on a platform developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles equipped with a new 6 cylinder 700 hp power pack, which provides a significant power increase over the current Assault Amphibious Vehicle. The vehicle performs best in class mobility in all terrains, has a suspended interior seat structure for 13 embarked Marines, blast mitigating positions for a crew of three, and improved survivability and force protection over currently fielded systems. The team has conducted extensive
risk mitigation testing and evaluation for swim, land mobility and survivability capabilities that have proven the solution’s capabilities.
“We are proud to start a new chapter of our history in this industry by providing, together with BAE Systems, the Marine Corps with superior amphibious capabilities,” says Vincenzo Giannelli, President & CEO of Iveco Defence Vehicles. “Our platform was designed to be fully amphibious with exceptional ground mobility and protection. It will provide the Marine Corps with a mature, cost-effective solution with significant growth capacity.”
BAE Systems has more than 70 years of experience designing and building amphibious vehicles and is a leading provider of combat vehicles, having produced over 100,000 systems for customers worldwide.
Iveco Defence Vehicles brings additional proven experience, having designed and built more than 30,000 multi-purpose, protected, and armored military vehicles in service today.