The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a contract for the design and development of an Amphibious Combat Vehicle Recovery (ACV-R) variant.

According to the firm here, BAE Systems has received a $34.9 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for the design and development of an Amphibious Combat Vehicle Recovery (ACV-R) variant.

“The ACV-R will replace the legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle recovery variant (AAVR7A1), and will provide direct field support, maintenance, and recovery to the ACV family of vehicles. This contract is for the first phase of the program, which focuses on the design and development of the ACV-R during a 20-month period. The second phase of the program will include delivery of production test vehicles for user evaluation.”

John Swift, vice president of amphibious programs at BAE Systems, was quoted as saying:

“The recovery variant will provide crucial recovery capability in the amphibious fleet. It also expands the ACV family of vehicles and demonstrates the base vehicle’s proven design, allowing it to be seamlessly integrated into the fleet without compromising performance.”

The ACV program is in full-rate production with BAE Systems, and the company is under contract to deliver two other variants in the ACV family: the ACV personnel variant (ACV-P) and the ACV command variant (ACV-C).

The company has also received a design and development contract for a 30mm cannon variant (ACV-30). Additionally, BAE Systems has received task instructions from the Marine Corps to complete a study of incorporating advanced reconnaissance, command, control, communication and computers/unmanned aerial systems mission payload into an ACV variant.

ACV production and support is taking place at BAE Systems locations in: Stafford, Va.; San Jose, Calif.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Aiken, S.C.; and, York, Pa.

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AlexS
AlexS
12 days ago

That was certain. It is after all the ACV to recover ACV’s

Bringer of facts
Bringer of facts
12 days ago

looks like BAE is winning a lot of new contracts lately.

Last edited 12 days ago by Bringer of facts
Graham Moore
Graham Moore
12 days ago

Interesting that the US trusts BAE to make decent kit, yet MoD/Ministers really did not want BAE to build an Ajax vehicle.

John Mayall
John Mayall
12 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Not everything US built is perfect, there have been a lot of quality control issues involved in this programme, but, as far as I know, it has been sorted now. The issue’s with Ajax tho’ can that be sorted also? Only time will tell I suppose!

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
11 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

Yes whatever the MoDs reasons not to employ Bae for what became the Ajax project it wasn’t directly a question of quality, after all it’s not like Swedish capabilities and quality in defence products is in any way worse than the US/Spanish/Austrian product that became Ajax. Far from it indeed, but a wider political decision came into play I assume, greatly around the cost and delays of Bae led projects generally I suspect. Talk about biting off your nose to spite your face eh.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore
11 days ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

I am sure that MoD did not doubt the quality of BAE Land products, whether they are from the Swedish side of the business (was Hagglunds), the UK side or elsewhere. It seems that there was an embarrassment that BAE had been winning so much business in recent years and the impression of competition had been lost. There was residual criticism of the Nimrod MRA4 project (even though the Treasury was mainly reponsible for its demise) and maybe it was felt that BAE had to be ‘punished’. BAE in its own right and by dint of heritage (companies taken over… Read more »

Derek
Derek
9 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

The main issue is unit cost. We oorder 500 while the US order 10,000. Ours, built by BAE UK in the UK thus cost a fortune.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
12 days ago

It looks like a nice bit of kit. Based off the Italian vehicle. Italy seems to be able to make small numbers of useful kit for its forces.
I’ve not had a close look at Italian programs so they may have faults but there stuff looks nice

AlexS
AlexS
12 days ago
Reply to  Monkey spanker

It was a commercial endeavour by Iveco (same group as Fiat). Neither the SuperAV or the ACV vehicles are in service in Italy.

They sold 2044 of 6×6 SuperAV version to be build in Brazil so certainly not a small number.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
11 days ago
Reply to  AlexS

Yes, it looks like the Italians are looking for some of the BAE vehicles. I think that’s where I got it round the wrong way. I do like the look of there new assault rifle. The name escapes me. Maybe acx180 or something.
The Italian main battle tank has a look of challenger tank about it.