Marines Receive 1st ACV Prototypes

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    BAE Systems Delivers First Amphibious Combat Vehicle Prototypes to Marine Corps


    By: Jen Judson, December 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON — BAE Systems delivered to the US Marine Corps the first of its Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) 1.1 prototypes, catching up to a service-set schedule which had slipped due to a bid protest.

    One of the key program objectives was to get the vehicles out to the Marines as quickly as possible, Erwin Bieber, BAE’s president of platforms and services sector, said during a Tuesday ceremony at the company’s York, Pennsylvania, facility where BAE has spent a little more than a year building the first eight-wheel drive ACVs. “It’s amazing to think about the fact that the team is delivering three months early against the contract commitment,” he said.

    BAE Systems and SAIC are competing to assemble 16 prototype ACVs to be used in 18 months of rigorous testing with the Marine Corps. At the end, the service will decide between the two and move directly into production with the goal of fielding 204 vehicles by 2020. The total value of the contract with all options exercised is expected to amount to about $1.2 billion.

    The Marine Corps awarded contracts worth a little more than $100 million each to both companies in November 2015 to build engineering and manufacturing development vehicles that will ferry troops ashore and into battle.
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