AAV SU programme enters production
SAIC has received approval from the US Marine Corps (USMC) Program Executive Officer Land Systems to enter the production and deployment phase of the Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Survivability Upgrade (SU) programme, the company announced on 19 September.
Following a Milestone C decision, the company has been awarded an initial Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) option to provide the USMC with additional AAV SU vehicles.
As part of the LRIP option, SAIC will deliver a total of 25 vehicles over a two-year period for operational test, evaluation and initial fielding to USMC expeditionary units. The vehicles are in addition to the ten AAV SU prototypes that were delivered during the programme's engineering and manufacturing development phase.
Under the contract, SAIC will upgrade P7 personnel-variant vehicles and C7 command and control-variant vehicles as part of an engineering design effort. The company has received orders for 22 AAV SU P7 variant vehicles and three C7 variant vehicles.
The LRIP phase is valued at approximately $145 million, if all options are exercised.
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