The US Marine Corps has awarded a full-rate production contract to BAE Systems for the delivery of Amphibious Combat Vehicles.
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BAE Systems has secured a US$184 million ($237 million) contract option from the US Marine Corps for the delivery of an additional 36 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) under full-rate production.
The US$184 million contract covers production, fielding, and support costs for the ACV personnel carrier (ACV-P) variant.
This is an extension of the first full-rate production contract option in December for the first 36 vehicles, taking the total to 72 for a combined value of U$366 million.
“The exercising of this option validates years of teamwork in partnership with the Marines to provide the most adaptable amphibious vehicle possible to meet their expeditionary needs,” John Swift, director of amphibious programs at BAE Systems, said.
“The ACV was designed to meet the Marines’ needs of today while allowing for growth to meet future mission role requirements.”
The ACV is a mobile, survivable, and adaptable platform, designed for conducting rapid ship-to-shore operations.
BAE Systems is contracted to deliver two variants to the Marine Corps, the ACV-P and the ACV command variant (ACV-C).
A 30mm cannon (ACV-30) is currently under contract for design and development, and a recovery variant (ACV-R) is also planned.
BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles were selected for the ACV program in 2018 to replace its fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV), also built by BAE Systems.
The prime recently secured an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, worth up to US$77 million, for the provision of spare and replacement parts, testing equipment, and other services as part of the ACV program.