Tag Archives: Amphibious Assault Vehicle

Training Mishap: AAV Fire Injures 14 Marines, Sailor; Some in ‘Critical’ Condition

Training Mishap: AAV Fire Injures 14 Marines, Sailor; Some in ‘Critical’ Condition

An Assault Amphibious Vehicles, with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, departs Red Beach during the Marine Air- Ground Task Force demonstration for the 75th Anniversary on Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 14, 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

An amphibious assault vehicle caught fire during a training exercise Wednesday morning at Camp Pendleton, Calif., injuring 14 Marines and a sailor as Marine Corps officials began to investigate just what happened. Read More

Marine Corps Awards AAV Survivability Upgrade Production Contract

Marine Corps Awards AAV Survivability Upgrade Production Contract

Marines from Marine Corps Systems Command’s Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, run operational checks on an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade on Feb. 3. Marine amtrackers—a nickname for amphibious vehicle operators and maintainers—assigned to AVTB serve as test directors and executors for future amphibious vehicle platforms being developed for the Corps. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps approved the Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV-SU) program to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP), with the program executive officer for land systems signing a Milestone C decision on Aug. 17 and the program manager awarding SAIC funding for 21 vehicles Tuesday, Advanced Amphibious Assault Program Manager Col. Wendell Leimbach told USNI News yesterday. Read More

Marines: Amphibious Combat Vehicle Testing Going Well After Delay; On Track To Support June 2018 Downselect

Marines: Amphibious Combat Vehicle Testing Going Well After Delay; On Track To Support June 2018 Downselect

BAE Systems’ ACV 1.1 solution has completed thousands of miles of mobility testing and a full range of amphibious operations, including demonstrations of launch and recovery. BAE Systems photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle is on track for testing this year and a down-select and contract award a year from now, the Program Executive Officer for Land Systems told lawmakers and reporters today. Read More

America ARG/MEU AAVs take point in 15th MEU Amphibious Assault Exercise

America ARG/MEU AAVs take point in 15th MEU Amphibious Assault Exercise

Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment conduct an amphibious assault onto San Clemente Island during PHIBRON-MEU Integration, April 13, 2017. Gidget Fuentes Photo used with Permission

A previous version of this story had the incorrect hull number for USS America. The correct number is LHA-6 not LHA-8.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22) slid into the thin, offshore fog bank as two waves of amphibious assault vehicles swam toward the sandy bluffs Thursday morning. Within minutes, several dozen combat-equipped Marines rushed from the ramps and made their way into a nearby village. Read More

Lawmaker Worries Marine Corps Investing Too Heavily In Aviation Over Ground Vehicles

Lawmaker Worries Marine Corps Investing Too Heavily In Aviation Over Ground Vehicles

U.S. Marine Corps pilots maneuver a CH-53K King Stallion as it delivers a 12,000 pound external load after completing a 110 nautical mile mission during the two-week initial operational test (OT-B1) conducted at Sikorsky. Sikorsky photo.

The Marine Corps’ top financial officer told lawmakers that the service considers its modernization programs properly balanced between aviation and ground needs, while acknowledging that there hasn’t been enough money in recent years to buy the ground assets at a proper pace. Read More

Top Stories 2016: U.S. Marine Corps Acquisition

Top Stories 2016: U.S. Marine Corps Acquisition

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Cartwright, an infantry Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, launches the Instant Eye MK-2 Gen 3 unmanned aerial system during an exercise for Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 9, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Cartwright, an infantry Marine with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, launches the Instant Eye MK-2 Gen 3 unmanned aerial system during an exercise for Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s Marine Air-Ground Task Force Integrated Experiment on Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 9, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2016.

With the Navy releasing a “Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” and the Marines releasing a Marine Corps Operational Concept in 2016 that both call for high-end technologies to succeed in a contested maritime environment, Marine Corps acquisition this year was focused on increasing lethality, situational awareness and maneuverability for the force. Read More

Marines' Upgraded AAVs Begin Delivering, Will Comprise One-Third of Lift Need In 2020s

Marines’ Upgraded AAVs Begin Delivering, Will Comprise One-Third of Lift Need In 2020s

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade team lead Maj. Paul Rivera briefs media and program officials on the features of the first delivered vehicle near Marine Corps Base Quantico on March 15, 2016. USNI News photo.

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade team lead Maj. Paul Rivera briefs media and program officials on the features of the first delivered vehicle near Marine Corps Base Quantico on March 15, 2016. USNI News photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO — The Marine Corps plans to acquire half its needed amphibious lift – six of a required 12 infantry battalions – within the next five years, and it took a step in achieving that goal by recently accepting delivery of the first upgraded amphibious assault vehicle with a survivability upgrade (AAV SU). Read More

Marine Corps Releases Amphibious Combat Vehicle RFP

Marine Corps Releases Amphibious Combat Vehicle RFP

BAE Systems' Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 entrant. BAE Systems photo.

BAE Systems’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 entrant. BAE Systems photo.

This post has been updated to remove references to an engineering contract related to work on a high water speed increment of the ACV. The Marine Corps inadvertently posted an old notice on FedBizOpps that discussed a contract option that was never exercised. The service will pursue high water speed research but did not begin work under that particular contract option.

The Marine Corps released its request for proposals for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, which will replace the Vietnam War-era Amphibious Assault Vehicles. Read More