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Amphibians ACV entered the combat unit of the ILC


The US Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program has successfully passed the next stage and entered a new stage. The other day the first ceremony of transferring the combat unit equipment took place. In the near future, new similar events will take place, and the fleet of new wheeled amphibious armored vehicles will increase. Then they will launch a full-scale series, and in a few years the ILC will significantly update the amphibious assault and landing craft fleet.

Latest events

The ACV project was launched in 2011 as a replacement for the closed EFV. The winner of the program was chosen only in 2018 - it was an armored vehicle developed jointly by BAE Systems and Iveco Defense Vehicles. At the same time, the first order for 30 pre-production vehicles with a total cost of approx. $ 200 million.They were to be built by the end of September 2019, and delivery to the customer was expected in 2020. In February of this year, we signed another contract for 26 pre-production armored vehicles worth $ 113,5 million.

Various tests of the first ACV machines and other preparatory activities continued until the beginning of this fall. At the end of September, the Pentagon announced the imminent transfer of equipment to the ILC units. This event was expected over the next several weeks. On October 15, the project developers announced the transfer of the first 18 pre-production ACVs to the customer.

On November 4, a solemn ceremony of the transfer of equipment to the first operating unit took place at the KMP Air-Ground Combat Center. 18 units equipment in the configuration of a floating armored personnel carrier will serve as part of the 3rd separate amphibious assault battalion of the 1st Marine Division. Receiving new ACV vehicles will allow the battalion to abandon the old AAV7A1 amphibians.

In several stages

The purchase of serial armored vehicles is planned to be carried out within the framework of two so-called. phases, while the first is divided into two main stages. Currently, the ACV 1.1 phase is underway, and after its completion, ACV 1.2 will be launched. In the distant future, the start of the ACV 2 phase will take place. All these phases and stages provide for the fulfillment of different requirements and the supply of equipment in a different configuration.

The current stage ACV 1.1 provides for the purchase of 204 ACV vehicles in the configuration of the ACV-P armored personnel carrier. It is planned to spend approx. $ 1,2 billion and several years. To date, there are contracts for only 56 pre-production vehicles and are being implemented. The remaining 148 units. will be ordered a little later and will be received by 2023.

Right now, BAE Systems and Iveco are developing several specialized prototypes based on a common platform. They must create a command post and repair and evacuation modifications, as well as complete an infantry fighting vehicle with a combat module for a 30-mm automatic cannon. It is also planned to upgrade the existing armored personnel carrier. All new modifications are being developed as part of the ACV 1.2 phase.

During ACV 1.2, at least 650 armored vehicles will be built in four main configurations. The armored personnel carrier will remain the most massive model. Cannon BMP ACV-30 will be released in the amount of 150 units. Dozens of command and staff and repair vehicles will also be built.

The production of armored vehicles of the ACV 1.1 series has already started and will last approximately until 2023. Then the ACV 1.2 vehicles will go into production. According to the current plans of the Pentagon, the release of new amphibians will continue until the end of this decade. Over time, the equipment of the first series will be modernized using some solutions and components of stage "1.2", which will increase its characteristics and increase the degree of unification.

Technique in parts

Current plans provide for the construction of more than 850 promising ACV armored vehicles in four modifications. So far, only 56 pre-production samples have been contracted, and only 18 units managed to get to the combat unit. However, in the near future the numerical indicators of the program will improve.

Through the production of new ACVs, it is planned to re-equip six amphibious landing battalions of the ILC. One of them has already received the first part of modern technology, and in the foreseeable future will bring its number up to the regular number. Together with armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, the staff vehicles will be transferred to the 3rd separate battalion of the 1st division.

With the help of promising ACVs, the obsolete AAV7A1 transporters will be replaced. Now in the combat units of the ILC there is approx. 1200 of these machines, and most of them will be reduced due to moral and physical obsolescence. After the construction of all planned ACVs, the number of AAV7A1s will be reduced to 400 units. - four battalion kits.

The future prospects for AAV7A1 and ACV are not entirely clear. After 2030, a complete replacement of obsolete amphibians is expected, but the Pentagon has not yet decided how it will be implemented. Perhaps they will be replaced by new modifications of the ACV, but so far the possibility of creating a completely new armored vehicle is not ruled out.

Expected Benefits

The requirements for future ACV armored vehicles were developed in the early tenth years, but then they were revised and partially changed. The KMP wanted to get an amphibious armored combat vehicle on a wheeled chassis, capable of fully replacing the existing tracked AAV7A1. Increased requirements were imposed on the level of protection, weapons and operational capabilities, driving performance, etc. Their implementation allowed the Corps to obtain a modern model with high performance.

The ACV of all modifications receives a four-axle undercarriage and a pair of water-jet propellers. The body is sealed and allows you to swim. During the landing operation, the vehicle can move by boat or independently, developing a speed of 6-8 knots on the water. Initially, it was required to provide a landing from a distance of at least 10-12 miles from the coast.

The armored personnel carrier is operated by a crew of three and carries 17 paratroopers who disembark through the aft ramp. 32 ton vehicle provides protection against small arms weapons and small-caliber artillery. Developed mine protection is provided. To support the landing, there is a remotely controlled weapon station with an Mk 19 grenade launcher or an M2HB machine gun. After 2023, deliveries of a new ACV-30 BMP with a small-caliber cannon will begin.

In accordance with the customer's requirements, the ACV armored vehicles are comparable in mobility and maneuverability to the main a tank M1 Abrams, which should improve the operational capabilities of the Marine Corps. Recently, the ILC began to abandon tanks, but the high speed and maneuverability of the ACV will be useful in this case too.

Long-awaited replacement

The need to replace the outdated AAV7A1 amphibians became apparent a long time ago, but it took a long time to take such measures. The EFV project failed due to its high complexity and cost, which forced the launch of the ACV program in 2011. He, too, faced noticeable difficulties, and the first armored vehicles reached the combat units only now.

Serial production of several ACV versions will continue until the end of the decade, but this will only replace two-thirds of the existing AAV7A1. Further rearmament will become a matter of the distant future. Nevertheless, the existing plans will make it possible to carry out a serious re-equipment of the main parts of the ILC and give the Marines modern combat vehicles with better protection and increased characteristics.
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  1. Hypertension
    Hypertension 10 November 2020 18: 10 New
    Floating with a weight of 30 tons is not bad. German armored personnel carrier Boxer with comparable weight does not swim.
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 10 November 2020 18: 30 New
      -23 qualifying.
      This, too, will not sail away, unlike ours.
      1. Hypertension
        Hypertension 10 November 2020 18: 32 New
        She doesn't need to be far. But in terms of security - more or less armored cars.
        1. Ros 56
          Ros 56 10 November 2020 18: 44 New
          -15 qualifying.
          Indeed, on a horseradish piece of iron in the KMP is a long way to swim, he plunged near the coast and is good. And our such suckers, for some reason invented a piece of iron floating far away.
          1. Hypertension
            Hypertension 10 November 2020 18: 50 New
            Quote: Ros 56
            And our such suckers, for some reason invented a piece of iron floating far away.

            What are you talking about? All our infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers are designed for crossing rivers, and not for long voyages. Given that their weight (and therefore armor) is up to 18 tons (BMP-3). I'm not talking about Kurganets and Boomerang - they are not in the series yet. Or a PT-76 with bulletproof armor can we have a handsome glider?
            1. Ros 56
              Ros 56 11 November 2020 06: 39 New
              -13 qualifying.
              Leave your tales of the Vienna Woods for the illiterate, lover of Western iron.
              1. Hypertension
                Hypertension 11 November 2020 13: 28 New
                Quote: Ros 56
                Leave your tales of the Vienna Woods for the illiterate, lover of Western iron.

                Lover of objectivity - it will be right. And who prevents you from giving examples of domestic armored vehicles, which, in your opinion, float far? We are waiting ...
                1. Ros 56
                  Ros 56 12 November 2020 13: 24 New
                  Apparently they waited, barely found: Combat vehicle for Russian marines: what will be the new BMMP
                  0106Military equipment

                  Talks about the creation of a special transport-combat armored vehicle for the marines of the Russian Navy have been going on for a long time. And now they are going through another round of activity.

                  For many years in our country, for the units of this renowned and elite branch of the military, floating armored vehicles, created in the interests of the Ground Forces, were used. In fairness, it is worth noting that this technique did not cause complaints from the "marines". Moreover, the amphibious tanks PT-76, BTR-50P, BTR-60PB, BTR-80, BTR-82A, BMP-3 and BMP-3F have established themselves in the Russian Navy and foreign navies as combat vehicles most successfully capable of solving problems for the landing of amphibious assault forces. So, for example, in the early 2000s, during one of the exercises of the UAE armed forces, there was an unprecedented case when amphibious assault forces landed from landing ships on BMP-3 in a six-point (!) Storm. 42 of 43 vehicles successfully coped with the task and reached the Arabian coast along the turbulent Persian Gulf.

                  But time is putting forward its new demands. Increasingly, the term "over-the-horizon landing" began to sound from the lips of the Marines. This is a method of landing, when amphibious combat vehicles leave amphibious ships not near the coast, but at a distance of 40-60 km from it and at a maximum speed of at least 20 knots, go to the coast in the landing areas. With this method of landing, the likelihood of massive losses of combat vehicles before and at the time of landing is reduced.

                  The high firepower of the BMMP will support the landing during operations in the depths of enemy defenses at a distance of up to 10 km from the coast.

                  By water, like dry
                  1. Hypertension
                    Hypertension 12 November 2020 14: 05 New
                    Quote: Ros 56
                    barely found

                    An old article from the 17th year, where future (and still presented) BMPP is compared with the American AAAV about which it was known back in the 12th year that it "would not take off".
                    Below the forum member Victorio has provided links to videos of ACV swimming. Here is a link to the video where the BTR-82A is floating
                    Almost the same buoyancy. Only the mass of the ACV is twice as large, which has a positive effect in terms of body armor. Also, the Americans are planning to make a wheeled tank out of their car, such as the Stryker M1128.
                    You can love Western iron, you can not love it, but facts and figures are stubborn things. Do not think that the amers have their hands out of ... and they do not understand what they are doing. Look at the Armenians - they once yelled that the Azerbaijanis are not warriors and they are their "one left". What's the bottom line? Minus 2/3 of the NKR - and then the Russian Federation intervened.
      2. Victorio
        Victorio 12 November 2020 12: 03 New
        Quote: Ros 56
        This one will also float not far away

        yes no, normal buoyancy
      3. English tarantas
        English tarantas 12 November 2020 16: 21 New
        Ours don't sink
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 10 November 2020 18: 35 New
    Interestingly, they will then arm these 18 vehicles with a new combat module, or will they be transferred to the category of training, or auxiliary? And why now, even temporarily, they are not armed with the same ATGM and light cannons?
    1. English tarantas
      English tarantas 12 November 2020 16: 25 New
      Because this is an armored personnel carrier. They have a machine gun and MK19 for the eyes. Read carefully what are the plans for their armament.
      And why does usmc need SPTRK, they have cobras.
  3. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 10 November 2020 18: 52 New
    One can envy. Apparently, the car is not bad.
    1. Lexus
      Lexus 10 November 2020 18: 59 New
      Colleague hi,
      they had plenty to choose from.
  4. Gato
    Gato 10 November 2020 19: 06 New
    No, the floating barn AAV7 looked more brutal.
    1. Hypertension
      Hypertension 10 November 2020 19: 24 New
      Quote: Gato
      No, the floating barn AAV7 looked more brutal.

      Yes ... I sit high, I look away. With AAV7, it is more convenient to spot the lack of democracy in third countries ...
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 10 November 2020 20: 06 New
        Yes, without these irons and marines they will look somehow different from what they used to, how many years they have been stuffed into each hole.
  5. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 10 November 2020 19: 59 New
    For me, as if through carelessness / drunkenness, all these hanging buns and monitors will lie disassembled underfoot.