Key PointsThe rest of its behind a paywall and I'm not subscribed, but I did a quick search for ADVS and its here.
- Two solutions are to be chosen from offerings by ADVS, BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, and SAIC
The US Marine Corps (USMC) will soon downselect two designs for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) programme, and the prospective next USMC commandant is sanguine about the prototypes' in-water capabilities.
- ACV 8x8 armoured personnel carriers are meant to 'swim' some distance to shore, and USMC leaders say prototype trials so far have proven that capability
The surprises? Lockheed Martin actually has the audacity and the USMC allowed them to enter this program after the corporate espionage they engaged in.
Lockheed Martin is without honor. The Marine Corps should have a care. If the company you're dealing with will cheat a partner then they will sell you shoddy gear.
Where I'm sitting it looks like a BAE vs. SAIC contest if swimming is the most important or even a very important factor.
If it turns into a cost blow out then you need to add General Dynamics to the mix. BAE and SAIC would stay in because they'll play hardball too.
In my opinion Lockheed Martin stands virtually no chance and that's as it should be....but what about ADVS? Actually I just don't know. I do know you never bet against little guys. Those are the bastards that will surprise you when you underestimate them.
We'll see what we'll see.