Mullins said. On acceptance, the vehicles are distributed to three primary test sites — the Army’s Aberdeen
Proving Ground in Maryland, the Amphibious Vehicle
Test Branch at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton,
Calif., and the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz. Some testing also will be conducted at the Army’s Engineering
Test Center in Mississippi, Mullins said.
The contractors provide initial training for the
Marine operators and maintenance of their vehicles
The vehicles will go through intensive developmental testing from March into September, then go
into operational testing starting probably in January
and running through March 2018, Mullins said. Based
on the results of those trials, the Marines will conduct
a Milestone C decision process in June 2018 to select
a single contractor to produce the first batch of 204
operational vehicles, he said. All of those ACV 1. 1 vehicles will be the basic personnel version, he added.
The program has a second phase for a more-capable
vehicle called ACV 1. 2. The requirements for 1. 2 “will be
informed by the 1. 1 testing,” Mullins said.
Because both 1. 1 offerings have higher than
expected capabilities, the transition to 1. 2 is expected
to be “very smooth,” Land Systems’ spokesman
Manny Pacheco said.
The “goal is not to break production, so we would
like to have a decision on 1. 2 and go into product in
2023,” Mullins added. The planned buy of 1. 2 is 490
vehicles, some of which will be command and possibly
The estimated total program cost is $1.2 billion.
John Swift, BAE’s ACV 1. 1 program director, said, “the
vehicle we have certainly is capable of meeting most of
the 1. 2 requirements. That will be validated in the testing this year.” In planning for a 1. 2 vehicle, “what we
will be looking for is volume and growth margins,” with
“growth in performance, but more importantly in payload, to carry more equipment,” he said.
During the rollout of its first vehicle, Swift said
BAE’s offering “balances the Marine Corps’ demands
for an affordable, production-ready platform with added
designs for increased force protection, water and land
mobility, lethality, transportability and survivability.”
At the introduction of its first ACV, SAIC Chief
Executive Officer Anthony J. Moraco said, “We’re confi-
dent this vehicle, equipped with the latest technologies,
will in fact strengthen the amphibious capabilities of the
Marine Corps today and into the future.”
With a company team that includes former Marines,
SAIC is committed to “bringing Marines home safely,”
Moraco said. n
BAE Systems rolled out its ACV 1. 1 prototypes in December. BAE’s ACV is derived from the SUPERAV 8x8, produced by Iveco Defense System of
Italy and in use by several nations. It can carry a crew of three and 13 Marines.
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