Iveco will supply its 8×8 amphibious landing craft to the US Marin Corps in a deal worth up to $400 million US dollars for the first four years.
Iveco Defence Vehicles will initially provide 30 of its 8×8 amphibious armored platform vehicles, core components and services, with options for a total of 204 vehicles.
The ACV is an advanced 8×8 ocean-capable vehicle that is equipped with a new six-cylinder, 522kW engine, that provides a significant power increase over the current Assault Amphibious Vehicle.
It delivers best-in-class mobility in all terrain and has a suspended interior seat structure for 13 marines, blast-mitigating positions for a crew of three, and improved survivability and force protection over current systems.
The team has conducted extensive risk mitigation testing and evaluation for water operations, land mobility and survivability that have proven the solution’s capabilities.
Iveco Defence Vehicles and BAE Systems combined forces in the early phases of the program to offer a superior solution to the US Marines.
As a result the first 16 prototypes were delivered to the Marine Corps last year and, over the past 15 months, the companies supported the US Marine Corps’ Developmental Testing and Operational Assessment of these vehicles whose performance achieved superlative results for water operations, land operations, carry/payload, and protection.
As a leading provider of protected and integrated mobility solutions to military and civil protection customers, Iveco Defence Vehicles brings proven experience, having designed and built more than 30,000 multi-purpose, protected and armored military vehicles in service today.
“This award represents a milestone in the transformation of Iveco Defence Vehicles into a global player,” President and CEO of Iveco Defence Vehicles, Vincenzo Giannelli, said.
“Through our partnership with BAE Systems on this program, our know-how and technical excellence have been recognised and are placed at the service of the US Marine Corps. We now have the privilege of contributing to building the future of its amphibious combat vehicles.”