U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, is briefed on the capabilities of the Marine Corps’ new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 28, 2018.
According to the statement fo the II Marine Expeditionary Force, a U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle and an Amphibious Assault Vehicle were showcased outside the II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Building at Camp Lejeune.
During the event, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund was familiarized with the success of the program to build the service’s next generation of armored amphibious vehicles designed to protect Marines in transit from sea to shore.
The ACV by the BAE Systems has undergone testing for the past two years at various facilities including the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center in Aberdeen, Md. and the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch on Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The ACV has a landward maneuverability and mobility superior to the AAV and will eventually be replacing it as the Marine Corps’ primary amphibious vehicle.
BAE will now produce 30 low-rate initial production units of its eight-wheeled Amphibious Combat Vehicle. The company beat out SAIC to win a $198-million contract for the ACV 1.1 program, with the first vehicles delivering in the fall of next year.