Marine Corps Awards BAE Systems $256M for Combat Vehicles with Autonomous UAVs
The U.S. Marines Corps awarded BAE Systems a $256 million full-rate production contract for additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles that will carry ACV C4/UAS mobile systems featuring autonomous navigation.
“ACV C4/UAS” designates the mobile systems integration lab designed to demonstrate transformational technologies for the U.S. Marine Corps’ reconnaissance, surveillance and data acquisition capabilities. The ACV combat vehicle is an 8×8 platform that provides open-ocean amphibious capability, land mobility, survivability, and multiple payload options.
The award covers production, fielding, and support costs for the ACV Personnel (ACV-P) variant and the Command variant (ACV-C). The contract exercises existing contract options, which include $145.3 million for more than 25 ACV-P vehicles, and $111.5 million for more than 15 ACV-C vehicles.
The Marine Corps approved full rate production on the ACV-P vehicle in 2021, and the vehicle is currently being fielded to Marine Corps Fleet Marine Force units. The ACV-C variant, which will provide multiple workstations for Marines to maintain and manage situational awareness in the battle space, is also in full-rate production and will begin fielding later this year.
“The ACV is an extremely versatile platform that continues our commitment to equip the Marines with the vehicle to meet their expeditionary needs,” said Garrett Lacaillade, vice president of amphibious programs at BAE Systems. “Today, with our strategic partner Iveco Defence Vehicles, we are delivering this critical capability to the Marines. Together, we are working to introduce new and future capabilities into the ACV family of vehicles.” The ACV C4/UAS variant was delivered to the Marine Corps in January of 2023 for testing.
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