U.S. Extends SDD Phase of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle

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AAAV/ EFV, swim mode(click to view full) General Dynamics Amphibious Systems in Woodbridge, VA received a $42.9 million cost-reimbursable addition to a previously awarded contract (N67854-01-C-0001) to extend the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle’s systems development and demonstration (SDD) phase. Full-up system live fire testing will be included. General Dynamics will provide all required materials, services, personnel and facilities to complete the design and development of the EFV, perform studies and analyses, manufacture and test all SDD prototypes, prepare for production, initiate logistics support of the EFV, and successfully complete the SDD phase. The USMC intends to replace their AAV Amtracs with the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. As noted in a previous DID article, the EFV is the top land acquisition priority of the U.S. Marine Corps, with a number of new capabilities… EFV Features(click to view full) The EFV is expected to have a water speed of more than 20 knots – three times that of the AAV-7s – and a land speed of about 45 miles per hour. That would be comparable to the land speed of an AAV RAM/RS, and enable the EFV to keep up with the USMC’s M1 Abrams tanks. The personnel version will have a high-tech weapons […]

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