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US Marine Corps awarded BAE Systems contract to develop ACV mission variants


The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a contract to develop two variants of the Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) and manufacture one of them.


US Marine Corps awarded BAE Systems contract to develop ACV mission variants The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command awarded a contract to BAE Systems to produce and deliver the Amphibious Combat Vehicles to the U.S. Marines (Picture Source: U.S. Navy)


Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded “a not-to-exceed $US 67 million modification for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of engineering drawings, manufacture and test support for three ACV command-and-control Mission Role Variants (MRVs) and the development of engineering drawings for the ACV medium-caliber-cannon MRV,” according to a Defense Department release.

BAE Systems is building the ACV for the Marine Corps as an amphibious troop carrier to replace the four-decade-old Assault Amphibious Vehicle. The AAV7 is fielded in several variants, and the Corps plans to field the ACV in variants as well.

The command-and-control (C2) MRV will be the first variant of the ACV. The C2 variant will be designed for a commander and staff and equipped with computer displays and communications systems to enable the commander to maintain situational awareness of the battlefield. A variant with a medium-calibre gun atop the ACV will follow.