BAE Systems announced on 1 February that the company had delivered the first production representative test vehicle (PRTV) of the new Amphibious Combat Vehicle 30mm Cannon (ACV-30) variant to the US Marine Corps for testing.
The ACV-30 is the third variant of the ACV family of vehicles. It was designed, developed, and built by BAE Systems after being selected as the prime contractor for the program in 2018. This vehicle is equipped with a stabilized, medium caliber Remote Turret System manufactured by KONGSBERG, which provides the Marines with the required lethality and protection.
The remote turret system eliminates the space requirement of legacy turreted cannon systems, freeing up more room to transport troops or mission essential equipment, and reducing weight for better mobility. This vehicle also offers ample room for troop capacity and payload while keeping the crew under armour.
“ACV-30 equips dismounted Marines with direct fire support allowing them to simultaneously find, fix, and engage targets more effectively and efficiently than current systems,” said Garrett Lacaillade, vice president of the amphibious vehicles product line for BAE Systems.
“Innovating for the future, consistent with Force Design 2030 priorities, we have teamed with our strategic partners Iveco Defence Vehicles, KONGSBERG, and the Marine Corps to deliver not only an incredibly lethal capability, but a vehicle and weapon system that has the growth potential to incorporate new technologies to defeat future threats.”
BAE Systems is currently producing the ACV Personnel (ACV-P) variant and ACV Command and Control (ACV-C) variant at full rate. They are also under contract for designing and developing the ACV Recovery (ACV-R) variant, which will provide direct field support, maintenance, and recovery to the ACV family of vehicles.
Each ACV variant in the family of vehicles can be customized to provide true open-ocean and ship-to-objective capability, land mobility, survivability, and growth potential. This allows them to meet the evolving operational needs of Marines worldwide.
BAE Systems produces and supports the ACV at its locations in Stafford, Virginia; San Jose, California; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Aiken, South Carolina; and York, Pennsylvania.