Inside the amphibious vehicles that won the Marines’ $225M contracts

The battle to build the amphibious combat vehicle is down to two competitors, and both prototypes promise a better ride than the amphibious assault vehicle the Corps wants to replace.Indeed, Marines may feel spoiled by either ACV. Both are eight-wheeled vehicles that are more quiet and comfortable than the tracked AAV. The hot exhaust that has nauseated many a Marine has been erased by air conditioning and better ventilation.BAE Systems and SAIC beat out three other manufacturers in a competition to build engineering and manufacturing development prototypes of the vehicle that will ferry Marines ashore and into battle. General Dynamics Land Systems has protested the award.Each of the winning companies, announced Nov. 24, will build 16 eight-wheeled vehicles to be tested over the next two years.

Source: Inside the amphibious vehicles that won the Marines’ $225M contracts

All else being equal, the 13 seater will have a slight edge, as that’s the size of a rifle squad.

2 thoughts on “Inside the amphibious vehicles that won the Marines’ $225M contracts”

  1. Since the new vehicles will only hold about half as many troops as the old ones, does this mean they will need twice as many vehicles for the same lift capability? Twice as much space to store the vehicles? (I believe this was partially covered in a comment to a post some time ago).

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