The U.S. Marine Corps released video of modern ship-launchable and ship-recoverable 8×8 wheeled combat vehicles, known as Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV).
On 13 March, the official Twitter account of U.S. Marine Corps posted a video of new Amphibious Combat Vehicle and added that vehicle is off the tracks.
The ACV performs best in class mobility in all terrains and has a suspended interior seat structure for 13 embarked Marines, blast-mitigating positions for a crew of three, and improved survivability and force protection over currently fielded systems.
ACV is an advanced 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is based on a platform developed by IVECO Defence Vehicles. It is equipped with a new 6-cylinder, 700HP power pack, which provides a significant power increase over the current Assault Amphibious Vehicle.
A Last month statement from the U.S. Marine Corps claims that that the new Amphibious Combat Vehicle offers ‘significantly greater survivability, mobility’ than the predecessor.
According to a statement, the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle program reached another milestone, proving the vehicle’s ability to deliver future combat power from ship to shore and follow-on objectives. Program Executive Officer Land Systems recently completed testing on the ACV, which proved the new vehicles’ ability to not only take on challenging surf, but also complete a long swim from ship to shore and back.
These major accomplishments facilitated the program moving from what was originally envisioned as an incremental approach, to one that will be known as the ACV family of vehicles, without the nomenclature of ACV 1.1 or ACV 1.2.
Meanwhile, the budget request for 2020 fiscal includes funding for 56 Amphibious Combat Vehicles, at a total procurement cost of $318 million.
“The amphibious combat vehicle is armored, it’s designed to handle the [improvised explosive device] threat … and it’s larger” than lighter vehicles, said Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
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The new Amphibious Combat Vehicle is off the tracks. pic.twitter.com/7B9WrvLn2W
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) 14 March 2019