The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has recently acquired additional state-of-the-art Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) from BAE Systems, bolstering its defense strategy to new heights.

This strategic move, aimed at modernizing and fortifying the Marine Corps’ amphibious capabilities, marks a significant leap forward in the evolution of defense technology.

The additional 40 ACV procurement, announced earlier this month and valued at a staggering $2.6 billion, signifies a crucial step in replacing the aging fleet of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) that have served since the early 1970s.

Evolution in Warfare: Enter the ACVs

Designed and manufactured by BAE Systems, the ACV represents a leap forward in amphibious warfare technology.

These eight-wheeled marvels are purpose-built to fulfill the intricate and demanding mission of deploying Marines swiftly from ships to shore with unprecedented efficiency and safety.

Unveiling the Technical Specifications

The technical prowess of the ACVs underscores their remarkable versatility and formidable capability. Powered by a robust 690-horsepower engine and weighing 35 tons, these vehicles strike a fine balance between agility and substantial defensive strength.

ACV Transition
An Amphibious Combat Vehicles off the coast of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 18, 2023 (Image source: DVIDS)

Armament & Firepower. The ACVs pack a punch with their armament, boasting a 30mm cannon (under development) alongside the formidable M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Further enhancements include the ongoing development of an M2/Mk 19 grenade launcher turret, promising enhanced defensive capabilities.

Operational Range & Speed. In terms of range, the ACVs can cover an impressive 325 miles on land and traverse up to 12 nautical miles in water, showcasing their adaptability across various terrains. Their speed is equally commendable, clocking up to 65 mph on paved roads and cruising at a steady 6+ knots in water, ensuring swift maneuvers in combat scenarios.