The US Marine Corps (USMC) has requested USD265.7 million for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme in fiscal year (FY) 2019.
This request includes USD167.5 million in procurement funding for 30 low-rate initial production (LRIP) ACV 1.1s, as well as USD98.2 million in research, development, test, and evaluation funding.
ACV 1.1 test assets would be funded for some “corrective actions, advanced capability improvements, operational test and evaluation (OT&E), and live fire test and evaluation (LFT&E) support for the down-selected contractor”, according to budget documents published on 12 February.
The USMC in November 2015 awarded competing engineering and manufacturing development contracts to BAE Systems and to Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) for the ACV 1.1, and now both companies are leading teams to produce 16 prototypes now being tested by the USMC.
FY 2019 funding would also begin design and development of the new command-and-control (C2) and recovery variants and to modify the ACV 1.1 test vehicles into the ACV 1.2 C2 and recovery configurations.
The USMC requested initial procurement funding for ACV 1.1 for the first time in FY 2018, but as of this writing the full FY 2018 appropriation had yet to pass in Congress.
ACV, an offshoot of the former Marine Personnel Carrier programme, was requested to receive USD340.5 million in FY 2018: USD179 million for research and development and USD161.5 million to buy 26 platforms.
The ACV is to supplement and in many cases replace the legacy AAV7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV). The USMC has a related AAV-Survivability Upgrade (AAV-SU) programme to modernise some of the AAVs remaining in service.
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