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BAE Systems receives US Marine Corps contract for ACV-R test vehicles

BAE Systems has received a $79 million contract from the US Marine Corps to build and deliver production representative test vehicles (PRTVs) for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Recovery (ACV-R) variant later this year.

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The ACV-R will provide direct field support, maintenance and recovery to the ACV family of vehicles (FOVs).

“One of the most challenging things that can happen on the battlefield is for a vehicle to breakdown or need to be recovered,” said Garrett Lacaillade, vice president of amphibious programmes at BAE Systems. “The ACV-R is a modern, highly capable recovery and mobile repair unit that provides critical expeditionary support to immobilised ACVs in the field and provides maintenance support capabilities without risking our Marines’ safety.”

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This contract award begins the second phase of the ACV-R programme and kicks off the production of PRTVs which will support government testing next year. The prior contract award focused on the design and development of the recovery variant and was completed within the contracted 20-month period. ACV-R is equipped with a winch and crane and is capable of recovering vehicles weighing more than 30 tons.

BAE Systems and its strategic partner Iveco Defence Vehicles is currently in full-rate production with the ACV Personnel (ACV-P) variant and ACV Command and Control (ACV-C) variant and recently delivered the first three ACV 30mm cannon (ACV-30) variant PRTVs to the Marine Corps for testing on 31st January 2024.

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The company continues to enhance future technology integration in ACV to increase Marine readiness and work collaboratively with the Marine Corps to ensure that all ACV mission variants are ready for future deployments. ACV-R production and support is taking place at BAE Systems' US locations in Stafford, Virginia, San Jose, California, Sterling Heights, Michigan, Aiken, South Carolina and York, Pennsylvania.

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