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BAe / IVECO ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle)

8x8 Wheeled Military Vehicle

United Kingdom | 2019

"The Amphibious Combat Vehicle - or ACV - the future of the United States Marine Corp and their ship-to-shore doctrine."

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In search of an new, all-modern Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), the United States Marine Corps service has turned to long-time proven defense industry player BAe Systems to deliver on its requested 204 units of the "ACV 1.1" beginning in the fall of 2019. The BAe Systems proposal beat out a competing design in June of 2018 from SAIC. While the ACV requirement is not wholly refined as of yet, the selection of the BAe Systems vehicle is a step in the right direction for the service as it tries to, not only modernize, but also retain its mobility in key parts of the world.

The wheeled ACV succeeds the aging line of tracked AAV-7 amphibious Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) in USMC service.

After a Request for Proposal (RFP) was received by the USMC in 2015, a total of sixteen prototypes were delivered by BAe Systems with the first rolled out in December of 2016. The design was tested against the SAIC submission in early December 2017 and operational tests followed in January. BAe Systems partnered with defense industry veteran Iveco Defense Vehicles of Italy for the task.

The ACV is given no small task to fulfill within the inventory of the multi-mission-minded USMC whose battlefield role it is to take the fight to the enemy from "ship-to-shore" and beyond. The vehicle is called to support land and shoreline actions for the service meaning an inherent amphibious capability, enhanced battlefield survivability and reliability under the harshest of conditions. Beyond this there is general support of forward-operating units by way of armed engagement or resupply as a transport.

As proposed, the BAe ACV model will house up to thirteen combat-ready marines in its passenger cabin while being operated by a standard crew of three (driver, commander and gunner). Power comes from a turbocharged diesel-fueled unit of 690 horsepower output driving power to an 8x8 wheeled arrangement. Ground clearance is expectedly high giving good trnech-clearing capabilities and the usual features, such as run-flat tires and a central tire pressure system, are assumed parts of the mix. Underneath, the ACV will carry a "V-shaped" blast-resistant hull which is proven for under-vehicle blast deflection and occupants will be further protected by way of energy-absorbing / suspended seats.

Externally, the vehicle sports an all-modern design with a near-horizontal glacis plate at the bow, slab sides and a flat roof line. The 8x8 wheeled arrangement is spread across four total axles with the forward pair being steerable. The driver takes his usual place at front-left with the commander's position directly aft. At bow-right is the engine placement. It is assumed that the hull roof will support a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) and gun ports will be provided for the infantry squad. Entry-exit will be handled by a powered ramp at the rear hull facing.

The ACV will have an operational range of about 325 miles and speed along prepared roads at up to 65 miles per hour.

The ACV 1.2 portion of the project is set to further "enhance lethality" for the series.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the BAe ACV 8x8 Wheeled Military Vehicle.
1 x IVECO Cursor 13 series 6 liter turbocharged diesel-fueled engine developing 500 to 560 horsepower driving an all-wheeled 8x8 arrangement.
Installed Power
65 mph
105 kph
Road Speed
326 miles
525 km
The physical qualities of the BAe ACV 8x8 Wheeled Military Vehicle.
21.0 ft
6.4 meters
O/A Length
8.7 ft
2.65 meters
O/A Width
8.9 ft
2.7 meters
O/A Height
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the BAe / IVECO ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle) 8x8 Wheeled Military Vehicle.
Remote Weapon Station (RWS) featuring 1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) OR 1 x 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun (MMG) OR 1 x 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher.
8 to 12 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers.

Also any personal weapons carried by the infantry section.
500 x 12.7mm ammunition.
1,000 x 7.62mm ammunition.
8 to 12 Smoke grenades.
Nightvision - YES.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Notable series variants as part of the BAe / IVECO ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle) family line.
Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) - Base Series Name; based in the Italian IVECO SuperAV model.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the BAe / IVECO ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 204 Units

Contractor(s): BAe Systems - UK / IVECO Defense Vehicles - Italy
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