Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV)

IN A NUTSHELL...(Back to Top)

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The Amphibious Combat Vehicle is the Marine Corps' replacement for its 40-year-old fleet of Assault Amphibious Vehicles, which are designed to transport Marines and assault the shores from the well decks of Navy ships. They are tracked, armored amphibious vehicles meant to safely move Marines from the ship to a combat zone.

The ACV was conceived after the Marine Corps cancelled the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, which was originally meant to replace the AAV, in January 2011 after spending $3 billion due to poor reliability and cost growth.

In addition to the ACV, the Marines had originally intended to also develop a Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) to transport Marines when ashore, but the service shelved that program in June 2013, although it could be resurrected eventually. Instead, the Marines will develop an Increment 1.1 version of the ACV that will serve as the MPC, and acquire about 200 of those vehicles. The Increment 1.2 tracked version will come later and the Marines plan to buy 470 of those. ACV Increment 1.1 will have a "swim" capability but will need a ship-to-shore connector to get from ship to shore.

TOTAL PROJECTED INVENTORY

573 vehicles

FUTURE MILESTONES

Fiscal 2020-2022 -- ACV enters service

SPECS

(Note: As this program's competition is ongoing, most key specs have not yet been defined)

Capacity: One reinforced Marine infantry squad (17 Marines)
Range at sea: 12 miles
Speed at sea: 8 knots
Maximum sea state: 3-foot waves
Ground speed: Greater than or equal to M1 Abrams tank
Ground range: Greater than or equal to M1 Abrams tank

Source: Congressional Research Service

RECENT CONTRACT AWARDS(Back to Top)

2015

November 24: $121.5 million

SAIC, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $121,543,478 fixed-price incentive (firm target) contract to produce the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Phase 1, Increment 1 (ACV 1.1).  The contract will procure 13 EMD ACV 1.1, and services associated with manufacturing, engineering, logistics and program support.  There is also one option during the base period of performance to procure three additional EMD vehicles.  The contract includes options for 60 low-rate initial production vehicles and 148 full-rate production (FRP) vehicles and services associated with manufacturing, engineering, logistics and program support through FRP.  The options, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,185,071,544.  The principal place of performance is Charleston, South Carolina, and the base period of performance is expected to be complete by September 2017.  Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $40,582,338; and fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $80,961,140, will be obligated at time of award.  Contract funds in the amount of $40,582,338 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was a full and open competition and synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities website, with five offers received.  The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-16-C-0007).

November 24: $103.8 million

BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Sterling Heights, Michigan, is being awarded a $103,771,273 fixed-price incentive (firm target) contract to produce the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Phase 1, Increment 1 (ACV 1.1).  The contract will procure 13 EMD ACV 1.1, and services associated with manufacturing, engineering, logistics and program support.  There is also one option during the base period of performance to procure three additional EMD vehicles.  The contract includes options for 60 low-rate initial production vehicles and 148 full-rate production (FRP) vehicles and services associated with manufacturing, engineering, logistics and program support through FRP.   The options, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,109,566,036.  The principle place of performance is York, Pennsylvania, and the base period of performance is expected to be completed by September 2017.  Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $40,582,338; and fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $63,118,935 will be obligated at time of award.  Contract funds in the amount of $40,582,338 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was a full and open competition and synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities website, with five offers received.  The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-16-C-0006).

LATEST NEWS(Back to Top)

6/06/17

By the end of next week the Marine Corps should have enough amphibious combat vehicle prototypes from two competing companies to support the program’s aggressive testing schedule.On Tuesday the service received four amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) prototypes from Science Applications International Corp. [SAIC], bringing that company’s total to six test…

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INTERNATIONAL PICTURE(Back to Top)

Not available on the international market.

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