BAE Systems has delivered the first Amphibious Combat Vehicle Command and Control (ACV-C) variant to the US Marine Corps.
“We are thrilled to deliver this critical capability into the hands of Marines in the field,” said Garrett Lacaillade, vice president of the amphibious vehicles product line for BAE Systems. “As the Marines begin to familiarize themselves with the new ACV-C, we remain ready to fulfil any of the Corps’ critical amphibious warfighting needs to ensure the Fleet Marine Force is mission ready.”
ACV-C provides open-ocean and ship-to-objective amphibious capability, land mobility, survivability and ample growth capacity and flexibility to incorporate and adapt future technologies.
BAE Systems states that the ACV is customizable and has the built-in growth capacity to integrate future mission-critical technologies, including new battle management capabilities, advanced communications, multi-domain targeting management, beyond-line-of-sight sensors, and Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) with autonomous and unmanned systems.
The US Marine Corps and BAE Systems started full-rate production on the ACV programme in December 2020 and at present two out of the four ACV variants are being produced at BAE Systems facility in York, Pennsylvania. These include the ACV Personnel variant (ACV-P) which can transport 13 combat-loaded Marines and three crew, and the new ACV-C variant.
Additionally, Production Representative Test Vehicles (PRTVs) are being manufactured for the ACV-30mm (ACV-30). The ACV-30 is equipped with a 30mm Remote Turret System that offers the necessary firepower and protection that Marines require while still providing adequate space for troop capacity and payload.
BAE Systems has recently completed phase one of the design process for the fourth variant of the contract, the ACV Recovery variant (ACV-R) and the company plans to deliver production representative test vehicles in 2025. The ACV-R will provide direct field support, maintenance, and recovery services to the ACV family of vehicles.