The Navy's Large Plans To Generate Amphibious (BAE SYSTEMS)
The Marine Corps has selected an old BAE tank maker more than SAIC early to build the new Amphibious Combat Vehicle. A carrier of wheeled troopers capable of swimming from Navy ships to shore and then driving deep into the interior, the ACV will replace the aging, ungainly, and under-armored AAV as the spearhead of amphibious assault. The ability to make such landings is the raison d'être of modern Marines - but that is questionable, even by the Senate, in this era of long-range missiles.
The preliminary contracts announced today are only $ 198 million for the first 30 vehicles, to be delivered in the fall. 30 will come next year, with Initial Operational & Evaluation Tests (IOT & E) and the decision to go to the Fully Produced Levels by 2020. Overall, Marine officials told reporters that they want to replace about 870 AAVs with ACVs "as fast as we can," which will take to "mid to late 20s. "The current budget plan assesses the first 204 vehicles at $ 1.12 billion.
The winner of BAE Systems is the international giant, the eighth largest US defense contractor and the third largest in the world. Among many other things, he built and upgraded the carriers of M2 Bradley and M109 Paladin howitzer, both heavily tracked vehicles, at his factory in York, Pennsylvania. BAE or its predecessor company has built every Marine amphibious armored vehicle since amtracs from World War II.
SAIC, on the other hand, started out as a consulting and services company, renowned for its engineering expertise. It branched out during the Iraq War to work on MRAPS, a basically good-looking truck. Its Charleston, SC facility installs high-class military equipments such as electronics in other company vehicles and enhances AAVs existing in the Marines. So the ACV wheels are SAIC's first landing into a full-sized armored combat vehicle and into manufacturing, making it a more risky option for the Marine Corps. SAIC, in a statement, said meanwhile "disappointed ... we are committed to growing this line of business" - but the failure here is a bad omen for the offer of other SAIC armored vehicles, to build a Cell Tracker Tracker tracked by the US Army (MPF ) light tank.
Regardless of their differences, the two companies offer 8 × 8 vehicles that are essentially the same. Both started with foreign designs, because the US is the world leader in armored vehicles that are tracked but not in wheeled vehicles. BAE collaborated with IVECO Italia (the world-renowned Fiat subsidiary) to offer variants of the SuperAV / Freccia / Centauro family in Italian service since 1991. SAIC partnered with ST Kinetics Singapore to offer Terrex enhancements belonging to the Singapore army. (For comparison, the main 8 × 8 armored fighting vehicles already existing in US service, none of them amphibians, are LAV Sea and Stryker Army, both are descendants of Swiss Miran Piranha).
The most obvious difference: BAE vehicles can carry two more infantry. While the two vehicles have a crew of three on the front - the driver, gunner, and commander - BAE can carry 13 complete soldiers behind, while SAIC can only carry 11. Since the current naval squad is 13 people, and the future of the squad will shrink to 12 (including drone operators), which may be detrimental to SAIC.
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