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.

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Frank (@guest_781584)
5 months ago

take the Wheels off…. they’d go a lot faster ….. just sayin…… but being serious, I’d love to see a few hundred of these bd boys in the UK.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_782018)
5 months ago
Reply to  Frank

300!!! Will there be any ships to carry them?

SailorBoy (@guest_782096)
5 months ago
Reply to  Frank

We have a name for that, Frank
Let me look it up. Google says “boat”
Though it would end up looking like the marines’ Offshore Raiding Craft

FormerUSAF (@guest_782283)
5 months ago

ACV-30 may prove to be valuable in any mid 21st century version of an island hopping campaign in the Indo-Pacific, featuring opposed amphibious landings. 🤔

Graham Moore
Graham Moore (@guest_782438)
5 months ago

Can those really all be antennaes on the roof!

Paul (@guest_783356)
5 months ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

“Can those really all be antennaes on the roof!”

Absolutely. It takes a lot of radio nets to run a battalion.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore (@guest_783451)
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

I think we managed it with 3 nets for Bn HQ in my day.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63 (@guest_786308)
4 months ago

Silly question again, but is the Boxer or any of its variants amphibious? Would the UK look at ever getting some of these?