via IHS Janes.
The Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) progressed under its strategy to field incremental variants to obtain the high water-speed objective. Beginning with essentially an off-the-shelf solution for ACV 1.1 and a modest transition for ACV 1.2, the programme is set up for success. SAIC and BAE Systems were awarded engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contracts to produce prototypes for the ACV 1.1 and one supplier is expected to be selected to build 204 vehicles by 2020.This is interesting. What exactly is the schedule for the ACV 1.1? According to IHS Janes by 2020 we're suppose tohave 204 vehicles built? Downselect doesn't happen till the end of this year and more likely the middle of next.
That's 3 year timetable. The Marine Corps doesn't have the money with all the aviation programs not to mention the AAV survivabilty upgrade. Additionally (and yeah I keep shouting this from the rooftops) but we seriously need to solve the issue with Tanks AND rationalize our artillery (the 120mm mortar system is useful but it is a mess of contradiction....is it only useful for SPMAGTF-CRs and/or how does it fit into the Marine Corps mechanized force?).
The other thing I found interesting is the talk about the Stryker upgrades.
No one is paying attention, but the Strykers (and I've said this before) are getting long in the tooth. This interim vehicle turned permanent and you can expect the US Army to be looking for a replacement in the 2020 time period too.
Unless there is a MASSIVE infusion in cash then it looks like the ground forces of the United States are going to continue to get raped by the F-35.