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ASSAULT AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE (AAV)

ASSAULT AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLE (AAV) SURVIVABILITY UPGRADE PROGRAM

Description

The AAV Survivability Upgrade Program supports expeditionary protected mobility capability and capacity requirements by enhancing Marine Operating Forces’ tactical and operational mobility. The AAV Survivability Upgrade provides increased force protection while maintaining land and water mobility requirements. The AAV Survivability Upgrade’s mission is to land and maneuver the surface assault elements of the landing force, utilizing ship-to-shore water mobility during amphibious operations to seize inland objectives and to conduct armored vehicle operations ashore. The AAV’s expeditionary design will permit full integration into naval amphibious shipping, and support Ship-to-Shore Connector requirements. The AAV Survivability Upgrade provides protected mobility to embarked infantry and possesses sufficient lethality to deliver precision support-byfire effects to dismounted infantry in the attack. The AAV Survivability Upgrade’s mobility allows it to operate effectively with M1A1 Main Battle Tanks, as well as conduct mounted security operations in urban or restrictive terrain alongside other vehicles of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The AAV Survivability Upgrade possess a communication and network capability that ensures mounted forces have Command and Control, as well as current situational and battle-space awareness. The AAV Survivability Upgrade will operate as part of maneuver task forces built around the Marine infantry battalion and will facilitate maneuver throughout the operating area to include the ability of crossing rivers and inland waterways. The AAV Survivability Upgrade’s upgraded armor protection, mobility, and lethality increases the probability of surviving an attack, and protecting embarked personnel. The AAV Survivability Upgrade family of vehicles will be in service until at least 2035, and the number of vehicles to be upgraded and fielded is 361 AAVP7A2s, 44 AAVC7A2s, and 39 AAVR7s. An additional 14 AAVP7A2 (10 Engineering and Manufacturing Development and four (4) Production Control Model) vehicles and three (3) Engineering Change Proposal AAVC7A2 vehicles are required to support design and requirements verification.

Operational Impact

The AAV SU program was established to mitigate gaps until a comprehensive capability materiel solution (i.e., ACV) can be provided in the 2020 – 2030. The current fleet of AAV’s lack the capability to effectively protect the crew and embarked Marines from the breaching and shock effects of explosive attacks that was evident during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The desired capability upgrades include increased operational effectiveness, improved AAV force protection and survivability, while maintaining land and water mobility performance. U.S. forces will be required to operate in hostile regions across an extended battlefield with limited and unpredictable overseas access, basing, and over-flight rights. Leadership must increasingly rely on expeditionary forces for quick and effective responses to developing crises. This places an emphasis on Operational Maneuver from the Sea and “chaos in the littorals.” To support amphibious operations, including forcible entry missions, the AAV Survivability Upgrade carries the assault elements of the Landing Force and their equipment in a single lift, from assault support ships to inland objectives, while providing enhanced protection. The AAV Survivability Upgrade conducts protracted operations ashore in a challenging asymmetric threat environment across complex terrain in a wide range of climactic conditions.

Program Status

Milestone B was conducted on 7 May 2014 and Engineering and Manufacturing Development contracts were awarded to Science Applications International Corporation and BAE Systems on 9 May 2014. Following a Preliminary Design Review and a Critical Design Review, Science Applications International Corporation was awarded a contract option to build and deliver 10 Engineering and Manufacturing Development prototype AAVP7A2 vehicles for Government Developmental Testing, Reliability Growth Testing, Live Fire Test and Evaluation, and an Operational Assessment. Based on the successful results of the Operational Assessment, a Milestone C was conducted on 17 August 2017 and a contract modification was provided to Science Applications International Corporation on 22 August 2017 to modify, manufacture, deliver, and test three AAVC7A2 vehicles. A Low Rate Initial Production contract option for 18 (Lot 1) AAVP7A2 vehicles was awarded to Science Applications International Corporation on 24 August 2017. These vehicles, designated as Production Control Models will perform a series of Reliability Growth Testing prior to Full Up System Level testing. The Low Rate Initial Production (Lot 1) vehicles will undergo Production Qualification Testing, Reliability Qualification Testing, and Initial Operational Test and Evaluation. The Low Rate Initial Production (Lot 2) vehicles will support Initial Operational Capability in 4th quarter FY19. In the 3rd quarter FY19 the program office will seek a Full Rate Production decision to award a contract for the manufacture of additional vehicles. Full Operational Capability will occur in 4th quarter FY23.

Procurement Profile:

FY 2017: LRIP (Lot 1),QTY 18, 4 PCM, 3 C7A2 ECPs

FY 2018: LRIP (Lot 2), QTY 30

Developer/Manufacturer:

SAIC, McLean, VA