The U.S. Marine Corps has selectedÂ BAE SystemsÂ and Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) to developÂ amphibious combat vehicleÂ Increment 1Â prototypes under two contracts worth up toÂ $225 million.
Marine Corps Sgt.Â Lena WakayamaÂ said Tuesday the military service awarded $103.8 million to BAE’sÂ land and systems business and $121.5 million to SAIC for the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the ACV 1.1Â program.
Each company will help produceÂ an eight-wheeled platform that can operate within Littoral Combat Ships and includes a precision weapon terminal as well as mobility, crew protection and landward maneuverability systems.
The contracts cover EMD of 13 vehicles and include optionsÂ to build an additional three systems.
Defense News reported Tuesday the ACVs will cost approximately $7.5 million per unit and be designed to accommodate at least 10 Marines and their tactical equipment.
During the initial competition, BAE and partner Iveco proposed a vehicle designed to travel up to 65 miles per hour on ground and 7 miles per hour in ocean with a reserve buoyancy rate of 21 percent.
SAIC’s offering works to operate at about 7 mph when deployed in the water and some 23 percent excess buoyancy, the report said.
The Marine Corps said it aims to procure and deploy as many as 204 ACVs from one manufacturer by 2023 to replace its current fleet ofÂ Advanced Amphibious Assault vehicles.