Marines move carefully toward new amphibious combat vehicles

Trade studies were recently extended by another six months

Defense News

WASHINGTON — This past spring, the US Marine Corps quietly asked some well-known names in the defense industry to start working on six-month trade studies that would help define requirements for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), the follow-on to its $3 billion Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) failure.

The trade studies were recently extended by another six months, Defense News has learned, as the Corps struggles to replace its 40-year-old Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) with a cost-effective, speedier alternative.

The Corps is being exceedingly careful about the ACV for several reasons, not the least of which is the infamous flame-out of its EFV, which was canceled in 2011 after chewing through $3 billion in development costs.

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