Magazine article National Defense

Marines Welcome New Land-Water Craft

Magazine article National Defense

Marines Welcome New Land-Water Craft

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Next-generation amphibious platform to replace AAV by 2006

ee U.S. Marine Corps recently received the first two prototypes of its nextgeneration advanced amphibious assault vehicle (AAAV). The new platform will begin to replace the current AAVs in 2006.

During a roll-out ceremony in Quantico, Virginia, the AAAV was displayed along with the other two platforms that constitute the so-called Marine amphibious triad-the MV22 tiltrotor aircraft and the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) transport ship. All three systems are touted by the Corps as cornerstones of its future war-fighting capabilities.

The AAAV is important to the Marines because of its ability to move rapidly on both land and sea. Officials at the roll-out event stressed the vehicle's virtues as a critical platform for expeditionary warfare missions. The AAAV has capacity to transport 18 Marines and a crew of three over water, at speeds of 29 miles an hour. The design uses a planing hull propelled by two water jets. On land, the AAAV can move at speeds of 45 miles an hour, with cross-country mobility greater than that of an MlA1 tank, according to prime contractor General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan. …

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