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MDM 2018: USMC moves ahead in AAV Survivability Upgrade aftermath

27th September 2018 - 13:45 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Quantico, VA

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In the aftermath of the late-August US Marine Corps decision to terminate its Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Survivability Upgrade (SU) programme, service representatives at this week’s Modern Day Marine exposition described how the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 program had influenced that decision.

Until fairly recently, the USMC had structured its amphibious assault capabilities on a platform portfolio consisting of just over 200 AAV 1.1 personnel platforms, more than twice that many 1.2 personnel platforms, and an SU package applied to AAV[7A1] systems retained in inventory.

‘AAV SU was a bridge to a capability,’ explained Manny Pacheco, a spokesman for

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