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USMC ACV 1.1 programme inches forward

10th January 2018 - 18:17 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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The Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme is gaining pace with bids submitted by competing companies for initial low-rate production.

SAIC's programme bid was submitted on the 3 January, with BAE Systems following suit on the 9 January.

After each delivering 16 prototypes for the development and testing, both companies are now competing for their 8x8 vehicle designs to be down-selected in June for initial production.

The contract, expected to be valued at $1.1 billion, will be awarded to a single company to produce 204 vehicles by 2020 while the second increment of the programme, ACV 1.2,

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