The U.S. Marine Corps unveiled an initial batch of BAE Systems-built amphibious combat vehicles during a re-designation ceremony held at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in California, Task and Purpose reported Monday.
USMC said the ACV platform is meant to eventually replace its fleet of amphibious assault vehicles that the branch has used since the Vietnam war.
A team comprised of BAE and Iveco Defense Vehicles won a potential $1.2 billion ACV contract in June 2018, which included a $198 million initial order for 30 vehicles.
The service tested the performance and maneuverability of the new vehicle in low-light and night conditions in December 2019 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton beaches.
According to the report, the Marine Corps wants to commence full production of approximately 704 vehicles by 2022.