Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle Shines in Swim Tests

An amphibious vehicle crashes into a wave in high ocean surf

The ACV Undergoing High Surf Testing in December 2018.  Source: U.S. Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps has determined that its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 meets all desired ship-to-shore swim capabilities, even those that were not planned to be met until the future Increment 1.2 portion of the program.  The service was originally planning for Increment 1.1 to feature only basic swim capabilities, after which Increment 1.2 would integrate a true ship-to-shore capability.

The program’s prime contractor, BAE Systems, built the ACV to outperform the initial Increment 1.1 requirements, and vehicle testing has shown that the new ACV will be able to swim from an amphibious warship to shore without the assistance of a connector.  This will  allow the Marines to merge the ACV program into a single increment.

The Marines have been testing 16 prototype ACVs.  The first low-rate initial production vehicles are scheduled for delivery in May or June of this year.  BAE Systems won the ACV competition in June 2018.  The vehicles are replacing the legacy Amphibious Assault Vehicles.


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