BAE Systems has announced the delivery of the first Amphibious Combat Vehicle Command and Control (ACV-C) variant to the US Marine Corps.
The delivery, part of a full-rate production contract, occurred at the BAE Systems facility in York, Pennsylvania.
According to BAE Systems, the ACV-C is designed to provide Marines with a mobile command centre, enhancing situational awareness and operations planning in the battlespace. The company claims that the ACV-C offers capabilities such as true open-ocean and ship-to-objective amphibious capability, land mobility, survivability, and the potential for incorporating future technologies.
Garrett Lacaillade, vice president of the amphibious vehicles product line for BAE Systems, commented, “We are thrilled to deliver this critical capability into the hands of Marines in the field. As the Marines begin to familiarise themselves with the new ACV-C, we remain ready to fulfil any of the Corps’ critical amphibious warfighting needs to ensure the Fleet Marine Force is mission ready.”
The announcement also notes that the Marine Corps and BAE Systems commenced full-rate production on the ACV programme in December 2020. Currently, two of the four ACV variants are in production at BAE Systems’ facility: the ACV Personnel variant (ACV-P) and the ACV-C variant.
The ACV-P provides transport for 13 combat-loaded Marines and three crew members. Production Representative Test Vehicles (PRTVs) for the ACV 30mm (ACV-30) variant are also underway. The ACV-30 is equipped with a 30mm Remote Turret System.
Additionally, the fourth variant under contract, the ACV Recovery variant (ACV-R), has reportedly completed the first phase of its design process, with production representative test vehicles expected to be delivered in 2025.
The release concludes by stating that ACV production and support activities are being conducted at BAE Systems locations across the United States, including Stafford, Virginia; San Jose, California; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Aiken, South Carolina; and York, Pennsylvania.