BAE Amphibious Combat Vehicle, or ACV 1.1, is an amphibious 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) developed by BAE Systems in cooperation with Iveco for the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
The BAE Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 is based on the Italian Iveco SuperAV 8x8 armored personnel carrier developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles.
BAE ACV 1.1 is the winner of the Marine Corps Systems Command's Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program to replace the aging tracked Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV).
The result of the USMCs Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, the BAE Systems project was declared the winner against the prototype proposed by GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems).
The General Dynamics Land System proposal, the GDLS ACV 1.1 was based on the LAV 6.0 platform.
The Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program was initiated by the Marine Corps Systems Command, which is the acquisition command of the United States Marine Corps.
The ACV program required for the development of a new 8x8 wheeled amphibious assault vehicle for the United States Marine Corps.
The plan in the first phase for the the new wheeled vechile was to supplement the old Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) and later to replace it completely.
This has led to some criticism regarding the replacement of a tracked amphibious assault vehicle with one on wheels, the latter being more likely to remain stuck in the sand during beach landing operations.
In this program, the competition took place between BAE Systems which in collaboration with Iveco proposed a vehicle based on Iveco SuperAV, and General Dynamic Land Systems which proposed a vehicle based on the LAV-6.0 platform.
The declared winner was the variant proposed by BAE / Iveco.
BAE ACV 1.1 has a gross vehicle weight of 30.6 tonnes (30,615 kg / 67,500 lbs), a length of 8.9 m (350 inches), a width of 3.1 m (124 inches), and a height of 2.8 m (113 inches).
The Amphibious Combat Vehicle has a payload of 3,302 kg (7,280 lbs), a crew of three (3), and can carry up to 13 persons.
The new wheeled armored personnel carrier of the Marines has an operational range of 523 km (325 miles) on land.
In amphibious operations, the new BAE ACV 1.1 has an operational range at sea of up to 12 nautical miles followed by approximately 250 miles on land.
The maximum speed is 105 km/h (65 mph) on paved roads and 6 knots in open ocean.
The BAE Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 has a turning radius of 36 feet, a side slope of 30%, and a gradient of 60%.