Our Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) solution is designed from the ground up to fulfill the complex mission objective of deploying Marines from ship to shore.
This no-compromise 8x8 platform offering is a unique mix of true open-ocean amphibious capability, land mobility, survivability, payload, and growth potential to accommodate the evolving operational needs of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
Our ACV Commitment
In 2015, after the USMC issued a Request for Proposal for the ACV program, our company was awarded one of two Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) contracts to produce 16 prototype ACV vehicles with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles. At the time of the award, our solution had already undergone extensive testing including water and land mobility, ship launch and recovery, and survivability.
In December 2016 we rolled out the first of the 16 prototypes to the USMC ahead of schedule. This significant milestone for both our company and our Marine Corps customer was honored during a ceremony held at our York, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. Several BAE Systems’ facilities contributed to the development and manufacturing of the 16 ACV prototypes, some of the facilities include: Aiken, South Carolina; Anniston, Alabama, Quantico, Virginia; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania.
ACV: Born out of Legacy
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. Our ACV offering was born out of a combination of BAE Systems’ amphibious legacy and Iveco Defence Vehicles’ long history producing more than 30,000 multi-purpose armored vehicles. By leveraging an existing proven platform design, we’ve developed a unique prototype vehicle that was built from the start as an amphibious vehicle. But that’s not all this vehicle has to offer.
Ship to Shore
The BAE Systems’ ACV solution has greater ship-to-shore objective capability than that of any similar vehicle in the world. In fact, we’ve already completed several sea demonstrations conducted including operating in Sea State 3 conditions. During these demonstrations, the ACV offering proved its ability to successfully perform ship launch and recovery – an important requirement of the ACV program.
Additionally, our solution – equipped with a robust 690HP engine, providing a significant power increase over the Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) – has a range of more than 325 miles on land before refueling and can travel at speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour. Both sea and land performance are important capabilities for the Marines as they want to execute their missions quickly and effectively.
While our ACV meets performance requirements, it also has increased payload to carry and transport Marines more comfortably. In fact, our solution can carry 13 embarked Marines and three crew with internal storage capacity for all their equipment and two days of supplies.
As threats continue to evolve worldwide, the ability to offset the range and precision of modern weapons has become increasingly challenging, making these operations more complex and dangerous. As a result, the USMC needs an ACV solution that can protect its Marine Infantry forces in the face of these evolving threats. To meet the USMC’s survivability needs, our ACV offering contains a blast resistant hull and energy absorbing seats. In fact, our design provides MRAP+ survivability which was demonstrated during government testing.
ACV offering tackles Sea State 3
ACV offering in Brindisi, Italy
ACV tackles rough waters in Italy
ACV offering successfully navigated Sea State 3 during swim tests
ACV offering underwent successful sea test in Italy
Threats will continue to evolve and so will the need for more protection, which is why we also built our ACV solution to have significant growth potential. Our vehicle can accommodate growth for future technologies or requirements and also accommodate a wide array of direct and indirect fire weapon systems.