• The U.S. Marines Get a New Toy to Play With

It can go anywhere, land or sea.

The Marines have been trying to get their hands on a new amphibious combat vehicle, and back in 2015, one of the companies to deliver on that desire is BAE Systems. The company, along with its partner IVECO Defence Vehicles, was awarded a contract worth $103.7 million dollars to develop a new, go-anywhere ride for our boys. The vehicle is known as the ACV 1.1, and the first one has been delivered for testing that will start in the first quarter of 2017. This new vehicle is based on a platform provided by Iveco Defence Vehicles but is said to provide superior protection and improved survivability for its passengers over anything the Marines currently have in this type of vehicle.

Powering this beast is a 700-horsepower broot of an engine that will make the ACV 1.1 faster and torquier than the Assault Amphibious Vehicle that is currently in use. According to BAE Systems, it can haul a total of 13 Marines in suspended seats along with an additional crew of three that handle operating this crazy machine. It is an official 8x8 vehicle, which means power is delivered to every wheel for the all-terrain goodness that our defenders need to go anywhere safely and securely. It can be deployed at sea, and crawl over just about any type of terrain our rocky, water-covered planet can throw in front of it.

To protect the men and women that this thing will undoubtedly haul into less than favorable situations, all other specifications are highly classified. So, don’t expect to learn much more about it. There will be a total of 16 prototypes delivered for testing next year, and BAE systems is confident that the Marines will find them and their state-of-the-art systems to be on point.

Why it Matters

With terrorism and war keeping our military on high alert, it’s refreshing to see the ongoing development of new transportation that will help more of them come home safely should something pop off in the future. The last thing our country needs is more war, and some would argue that another world war is coming. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen, but if it does, our military forces will be more prepared than ever. Just imagine how many lives would have been saved had Allied forces had something like this when they stormed Normandy back in 1944. With that said, I’m sure this beast will be ready to go if the time comes and will surely contribute to keeping our Marines safe in the future. To the men and women who are protecting us now, and have done so in the past, thank you for your service.

Source: BAE Systems

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Photos used with permission from BAE Systems

BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 offering is a fully amphibious, ship-launchable and ship-recoverable 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle.

“BAE Systems has a long-standing legacy of supporting the Marine Corps’ amphibious mission,” said John Swift, the company’s director for the ACV 1.1 program. “That expertise, coupled with the hard work of our dedicated ACV team, has allowed us to deliver the first of these vehicles ahead of schedule.”

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BAE Systems’ solution for ACV 1.1 leverages an existing platform provided by Iveco Defence Vehicles. It is highly effective at sea when compared to any other amphibious vehicle in production today, providing superior land mobility and state-of-the-art systems survivability.

“As the Marine Corps begins testing we are confident that the capabilities of these vehicles will be proven,” Swift said.

The BAE Systems solution balances the Marine Corps’ demands for an affordable, production-ready platform with added designs for increased force protection, water and land mobility, lethality, transportability, and survivability.

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BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 is equipped with a robust 700HP engine, providing a significant power increase over the Assault Amphibious Vehicle currently operated by the Marine Corps. The vehicle excels in all-terrain mobility and has a suspended interior seat structure for 13 embarked Marines, blast protected positions for an additional crew of three, and improved survivability and force protection over currently fielded systems.

The Marine Corps awarded BAE Systems a $103.7 million contract for the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) phase of the ACV 1.1 program in November 2015, one of two EMD contracts issued. During this phase, the company is producing 16 prototypes that will be tested by the Marine Corps starting in the first quarter of 2017.

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BAE Systems has long been a trusted supplier to the Marine Corps across multiple domains and has more than 70 years of experience designing and building amphibious vehicles. The company is also a leading provider of combat vehicles, having produced more than 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.

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