The U.S. Navy has placed an order for 36 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) built by BAE Systems for $184 million.
The total cumulative face value of the contract is $3.3 billion. This modification provides for the exercise of options for the procurement of 36 full rate production ACVs and associated production and fielding and support costs, a U.S. DoD release today said.
Full-rate production of ACVs started in December 2020, a month after Marine Corps declared initial operational capability (IOC).
The ACV is an advanced, next generation vehicle for conducting ship-to-shore operations. With a force protection capability three times greater than the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, the ACV is designed so Marines can complete their missions successfully. It provides substantially increased horsepower, with its six-cylinder, 690 horsepower engine, making it capable of land speeds exceeding 55 mph.
BAE Systems had won a $67 million contract modification in June 2019 to develop new variants for the ACV Family of Vehicles to enhance battlefield situational awareness and firepower. The contract calls for the design and development of the command (ACV-C) and the 30mm medium caliber cannon (ACV-30) variants.