According to the contract for the new generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) awarded in 2018, CNH Industrial subsidiary, Iveco Defence Vehicles, is providing its 8×8 amphibious armored platform design, core components and services.
The ACV 1.1 program was initiated by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) in 2011 to replace the amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) family which entered service in 1972.
Now, in the frame of the contract recently awarded by the U.S. Marine Corps to BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, additional ACVs have now been ordered under a third order for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). The award is for the ACV Personnel Carrier variant (ACV-P) and represents, said CNH, an important next step on the path to full rate production.
The first prototype under the contract was delivered to the Marines in December 2016. Delivery of 16 vehicles prototypes was completed by the end of 2017. The USMC carried out developmental testing and operational assessment of the 16 amphibious combat vehicles in the first half of 2017.
BAE Systems received a $198 million contract for the initial delivery of 30 ACVs in June 2018. The contract also includes options for the delivery of up to 204 vehicles, bringing the total contract value to $1.2 billion.
The ACV is an advanced 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is powered by an Iveco Cursor 16 six-cylinder, 700 hp (515 kW) turbocharged and intercooled multifuel diesel engine, which develops 2213 lb. ft. (3000 Nm) of torque. The engine drives an Allison 4800 SP transmission with seven forward and two reverse gears.
The vehicle has a suspended interior seat structure for 13 embarked Marines, blast-mitigating positions for a crew of three, and improved survivability and force protection.
Current low-rate production is focused on the ACV-P variant. Further special variants will be added under full rate production within the ACV Family of Vehicles program. Iveco Defence Vehicles and BAE Systems previously received the Lot 1 and Lot 2 awards.