Wednesday, September 05, 2018

ACV News. This article basically confirms the AAV-SU is dead...

vis National Defense.
The first iterations of ACV will have a remote weapon station that can carry a .50 caliber machine gun or a Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher. The service is looking at potentially adding a 30 mm cannon to increase lethality, Mullins said.

The ACV has about 15 percent growth margin, he noted. “We have the ability to add a capability to the vehicle as the requirements develop and still maintain its full amphibious capability,” he said.

Swift said BAE will unveil a model of a new variant at the Modern Day Marine conference in September. “We’re kind of looking at what we can do in regards for lethality,” he said. Swift declined to elaborate.
They're looking at lethality!  Praise Jesus!  That's what the fuck I'm talking about!
 Program officials expect to have a critical design review for increment 1.2 in fiscal year 2019.

“We’re not envisioning any structural changes to the ACV 1.2,” Angelo said. “There’s not going to be changes to a lot of the subsystems or components, the electrical systems, the suspension — things like that are going to remain common. It’s just those unique attributes of the mission role variants is really where we need to focus our energy on.”

Mullins noted that the 1.1 and 1.2 personnel variants will have 95 percent commonality.

Planned upgrades include adding an environmental control unit, an inertial navigation system and improved situational awareness for operations in the water. Mullins said he is “100 percent sure” that the modifications will be made successfully.

The Marine Corps expects ACV 1.1 to enter full-rate production in mid-fiscal year 2020. The plan is to have no break in production between increments 1.1 and 1.2, Angelo said.

Full operational capability for increment 1.1 is slated for late-2022. Both increments are expected to be fully fielded by 2027.

Program officials are trying to control costs as they buy large numbers of platforms. The current affordability cap is a $6.5 million average unit cost. “We are coming in much lower than that,” Angelo said.
Just plain wow.

We can  go on and confirm it now.

The AAV SU program is DEAD! 

1.  No break in production between the 1.1 and 1.2?

2.  No changes and will have 95% commonality?

3.  Both increments fully fielded by 2027?

This interim vehicle just became the new combat ride for Marines.

Read the entire article for yourself here.

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