UK defence company BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to build multiple ACV-30 production-ready test vehicles (PRTVs) for US Marine Corps.
The ACV-30 mounts a stabilized, medium caliber Remote Turret System manufactured by Kongsberg. The 30mm RT-20 is a remotely controlled and operated weapons system that enhances crew protection.
The remote turret eliminates the space requirement of legacy lethality systems. It provides more space to transport troops or mission essential equipment and reduces weight for better mobility, according to the company.
Once delivered, the PRTVs will undergo a period of testing prior to a full-rate production decision.
“The unmanned KONGSBERG RT-20 medium caliber turret is designed to meet the current and future needs of the Marine Corps as they move forward in implementing the future operating vision known as Force Design 2030,” said Scott Burk, president of Kongsberg Protech Systems USA.
The ACV-30 is one of four variants in the ACV family of vehicles.
BAE Systems is under contract for a personnel variant (ACV-P), a command variant (ACV-C), and a recovery variant (ACV-R).
In addition, the company has received task instructions from the US Marine Corps to complete a study of incorporating a command, control, communication and computers/unmanned aerial systems mission payload into an amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) variant.