Tuesday, January 25, 2022

New Blog Alert....Check out "THE INSTITUTE OF TANKNOLOGY"!


Thanks to Ogden for the link!
It's new, bold & covers the info in detail. It's DEFINITELY worth a follow.The story is on the Boxer IFV and considers its modularity. Check it out here.

BAE Systems receives $169 million production contract from U.S. Marine Corps for additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles

via Press Release
The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification for the second lot of full rate production of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs). The contract award of $ 169 million is for 33 vehicles.
The ACV is proven and highly mobile, capable of conducting rapid ship-to-objective maneuvers and delivering enhanced combat power to the Fleet Marine Forces. Developed with teammate IVECO Defence Vehicles, the ACV represents the optimum balance of sea and land mobility and survivability, with future growth potential.

“BAE Systems is dedicated to helping the Marines meet their expeditionary and Force Design 2030 needs,” said John Swift, director of amphibious programs at BAE Systems, referring to the Marine Corps’ force structure goal for combat operations in a rapidly-evolving future environment. “This follow-on contract is a testament to our commitment of getting this critical capability to the warfighter and supporting the Marine Corps’ priorities.”

BAE Systems is already under contract to deliver two variants of the ACV Family of Vehicles to the Marine Corps: the ACV personnel variant (ACV-P) and the ACV command variant (ACV-C). The company has also received a design and development contract for a 30mm cannon variant (ACV-30), and a recovery vehicle (ACV-R) is also planned. In addition, BAE Systems has received task instructions from the U.S. Marine Corps to complete a study of incorporating Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle Command, Control, Communication and Computers/Unmanned Aerial Systems mission payload into an Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) variant.

BAE Systems was awarded the first full-rate ACV production Lot 1 contract option in December 2020 for the first 36 vehicles and the second option in February of 2021 for an additional 36 vehicles. Earlier this fall, the ACV team delivered the 100th Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) ACV to the Marine Corps and is on schedule to complete LRIP deliveries by January 2022, as ACV fielding to the Fleet Marine Forces continues on time and budget.

Don't get it.  Don't understand it.  The statements coming from the Commandant would seem to indicate that the ACV isn't part of the future that he plans for the Marine Corps.

Yet here we are.


Soldiers with 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade 25 ID light up the night and conduct mortar training and evaluation certification in Alaska.

Turkish ULAQ AsuW - G/M by ARES Shipyard and Meteksan Defence will be the first armed unmanned surface vessel (AUSV) to carry anti-ship missiles.

Thanks to Alpay for the link!

Trainees from the 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, 194th Armored Brigade conduct tank live fire training Jan, 20, 2022 at Hastings Range ... by Patrick A. Albright, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence photographer


Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Hyuga and USS Gridley, transit the Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE SEA (Jan. 22, 2022) - Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), left, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), transit the Philippine Sea Jan. 22, 2022. Operating as part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, units assigned to Carl Vinson and Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Groups, Essex and America Amphibious Ready Groups and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, are conducting training to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leon Vonguyen) 220122-N-EE352-1822

Open Comment Post. 25 Jan 2022

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Conducts Flight Operations in Philippine Sea ... by Seaman Leon Vonguyen