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At the US Marine Corps (USMC), the first train was equipped with the newly developed amphibious combat vehicles (Amphibious Combat Vehicle / ACV). After five years of development with extensive tests in cooperation with the USMC, the first batch of 18 vehicles has now been handed over.

The Marine Corps has a demand for 458 of the buoyant combat vehicles in five variants, which are to be delivered by 2023. In February 2020, the order volume was increased to 116 ACV with the order of 26 additional vehicles. The order for the remaining vehicles and the start of series production is expected in the near future.

The ACV is a modern 8 × 8 vehicle that is suitable for use in the open ocean and is equipped with a new six-cylinder engine with 514 kW. This is a significant increase in performance compared to the fleet currently in operation. The vehicle with first-class mobility in all types of terrain has suspended anti-mine seats for 13 soldiers as well as mine-protected seats for the three-man regular crew - overall improved survivability and improved protection of forces. On land, speeds of over 100 km / h are reached, in water up to around 16 km / h. Swimming is possible up to a wave height of 1.25 m (Seastate 3).

The ACV was developed by the BAE Systems and Iveco Defense Vehicles production group based on the amphibious 8 × 8 SuperAV from Iveco. Originally designed for the needs of the Italian armed forces, the SuperAV was first built for the Brazilian army.

Gerhard Heiming