The US Marine Corps (USMC) has cancelled its Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) armor upgrade plan as part of the AAV Survivability Upgrade (AAV-SU) program.
The cancellation of the AAV-SU order occurred because the US Marine Corps decided to stop replacing the armor of older vehicles and focus on buying a new vehicle, a replacement called the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), according to Manny Pacheco, spokesman for the US Marine Corps.
According to The London Free Press, manufacturers have lost contracts with suppliers that supply armor for the US Marine Corps amphibious vehicle fleet and were forced to fire about half of their workforce on Tuesday, September 6.
“We have decided to cancel the program. We decided to focus on modernization rather than investing in upgrading legacy systems, “said Pacheco. “ACV has performed better than AAV”.
Continuing that the decision has nothing to do with armored shields or vehicles, but strategic matters. The US Marine Corps wants to focus on modernization because AAV is a 40-year-old system.
Upgrades of the AAV-SU include buoyant armor, explosion prevention seats, and spall liner material. All include fuel tank protection, suspension and automotive upgrades to maintain land and sea mobility regardless of weight gain.
It has been assumed that 392 AAV-SU vehicles can equip the US Marine Corps with four battalions for amphibious operations and added support.