Military Embedded Systems

Marine Corps Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) upgrades to be supported by SAIC


May 28, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

MCLEAN, VA. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) won a prime contract from The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Program Executive Office – Land Systems (PEO-LS) to engineer, design, and test upgrades of 10 prototype and 52 LRIP vehicles for the Legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Personnel Carrier Variant Platform program.

Under the contract, SAIC will update the AAV to provide improved protection while gaining back land and water mobility that improves the AAV's ability to fight.

Ship-to-Objective Maneuver is a tactical application of enduring USMC capabilities for operational maneuver from the sea executed by the AAV platform. From ship to shore to objective, the AAV is built to assault any shoreline from the well decks of Navy assault ships. AAVs are very mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport cargo and Marines to and through hostile areas.

The multiple-award, firm fixed-price contract has a 10-month period of performance as well as an initial contract value of $16 million to execute preliminary and critical design reviews. Additional options for prototype vehicle build and testing followed by low rate initial production may be exercised, generating a total contract value of more than $192 million over five years. Work will be performed mostly in Charleston, S.C.

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