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Marine Corps Awards Prototyping Participants for Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle Program

6 Mar 2024 | David Jordan PEO Land Systems

MCB QUANTICO, VA. – The Marine Corps has selected General Dynamics Land Systems and Textron Systems Corporation to design, develop, and manufacture an Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle 30mm Autocannon (ARV-30) prototype vehicle. This two-year award will see the participants utilize top-level requirements to develop an innovative combat vehicle that provides mobile protected firepower for Marines.

The Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) is a planned effort by the Marine Corps to provide a purpose-built family of vehicles, with new capabilities to support Mobile Reconnaissance, and replace the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV). It is designed to be highly mobile, networked, transportable, protected, and lethal, providing sensors, communication systems, and lethality options to counter threats traditionally addressed with more heavily armored systems.  ARVs will be smaller and lighter than the ACV-30, enabling rapid deployment and stealthy operations in various terrains.

The ARV-30 will provide greater capability than the current Light Armored Vehicle 25mm variant (LAV-25) and meet the Marine Corps' requirements for Force Design 2030. It will be equipped with advanced features such as an automatic 30mm medium-caliber cannon, anti-armor capability, modern command-and-control systems, and a full range of advanced sensors.

The ARV-30 aims to combine the turret and weapon system found on the ACV-30,” said Steve Myers, Program Manager Light Armored Vehicles. “Ensuring commonality is crucial, especially for the Marine Corps' capacity to maintain weapon systems with limited fleets. The prototyping of the ARV-30 allows the Government to test and confirm the requirements before entering the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase.”

The ARV-30 offers enhanced sensing capabilities, battle management, and communication features alongside its lethal effects delivery. It incorporates C4 capabilities extensively, including radios and networks derived from the CDD.

The program office will take delivery of the prototypes in FY25 for evaluation.

Program Executive Office Land Systems is the only program executive office in the Marine Corps and is located aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. PEO Land Systems is a team of Marines and Civilian Marines dedicated to developing, delivering, and sustaining lethal capabilities for the greatest fighting force in the world, the United States Marines Corps. PEO Land Systems expertly manages the acquisition and sustainment of USMC ground systems critical to the Fleet Marine Force. The portfolio includes major defense acquisition programs and associated programs with an estimated value of $7.5 billion across the Future Years Defense Program.
For more information, contact:
David Jordan
Public Affairs Officer
PEO Land Systems
(826) 212-0713


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