First upgraded Assault Amphibious Vehicle delivered to Marine CorpsNews
March 25, 2016
QUANTICO, Virginia. Science Applications International Corp. officials announced delivery the first Assault Amphibious Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV SU) to U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico this month. It will be the first of 10 AAV SU vehicles scheduled for delivery for testing to the Marine Corps by May.
Following this initial delivery, the Marine Corps Program Executive Officer (PEO) Land Systems will have about a year to test and evaluate SAIC’s solution. The company is currently under contract with the Marine Corps to execute initial upgrades to 10 AAV SU prototypes. During the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, older AAV-P7 models were stripped down to the hull and then rebuilt from the underbelly up with survivability upgrades.
Subsequent to the EMD phase, additional options, if exercised, will then lead to developmental testing and low rate initial production (LRIP) of the AAV SU vehicles.
SAIC has nine teammates on the program, including hull manufacturer Demmer Corp. located in Lansing, Michigan.