Marine AAVP-7 to get upgrades

AAV7According to the Marine Corps Times, the AAVP-7 (Assault Amphibious Vehicle) is slated to receive upgrades to add 20 years of service life to the vehicle.  The primary focus of the upgrade is survivability, including the replacement of the Enhanced Applique Armor Kit with 49 buoyant, flat ceramic panels: 23 on the front and sides, and 26 thinner panels on the top. According to the article, each panel has four attach points and can be lifted by two Marines. Full assembly takes about 90 minutes. In addition, an aluminum armor underbelly provides MRAP-equivalent blast protection, along with a bonded spall liner  armor-protected external fuel tanks, and AAV7 interiorindividual seats replacing benches.   The increased weight (10,000 pounds) will be offset by a new, more powerful VT903 engine that boosts horsepower from 525 to 675, as well as a new power take-off unit and KDS transmission.  SAIC is handling the upgrades, which run $1.65 million per vehicle. The Corps looks to beef up 392 personnel variants, which would provide lift for four infantry battalions.

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US Marine Corps selects final two competitors for ACV program

baes_178500Multiple news outlets are reporting that the USMC has selected BAE Systems and SAIC as the two finalists for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1 Increment 1 (ACV 1.1) program.

The two companies were selected from five competitors, and each was awarded a contract to build 13 vehicles now, with an option to build three additional vehicles each at a later date. BAE Systems’ contract is for $103.8 million, while SAIC’s is for $121.5 million.

Vehicle delivery is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016, with testing starting around January 2017 and lasting about a year.

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