The amphibious fleet of the US Marine Corps is noticeably outdated: the models of equipment currently in service were developed in the distant 70s. The main transport combat unit of the corps for almost 40 years was the AAV amphibious vehicle (crew - 3 people; capacity - 21 people; speed on water and on land, respectively, 13 and 72 km / h).
AAV veterans will be replaced by a fleet of 30 new combat amphibians ACV 1.1 from BAE Systems. The ACV 1.1 has several important differences from its predecessor. It has an eight-wheeled chassis (the AAV has tracks). The new amphibian takes on board 8 people less plus the crew, it is smaller in size, but its engine is 50% more powerful - 690 hp. sec., which allows her to reach speeds on land up to 105 km / h.
ACV 1.1 is a joint development of British BAE Systems and Italian IVECO. According to the Internet publication USNI News, the four cars are intended for "destructive testing" or, more simply, they will be mercilessly driven, beaten, fired upon and other such things will be done to them. The rest will be part of the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.
An additional contract for 200 vehicles could cost the Pentagon $ 1.2 billion. In the future, the military department can order about 800 amphibians to completely replace the outdated AAV, which will require $ 5 billion.