The final test models of the upgraded AAVP-7 amphibious assault vehicle will soon be delivered to the US Marine Corps. The upgrades are being carried out by the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), and a whole new model expected in the coming year.
SAIC is currently working on two upgrade programs for the US Marine corps. amphibious assault vehicles (AAV). The survivability upgrade (SU), and the amphibious combat vehicle (ACV).
The company expects to deliver 10 upgraded AAVP-7s. The upgrades include up-armor, new suspension improvements, and water jets.
The upgraded vehicles will be tested on land and in the water over the next year to assess whether engineering improvements are needed before SAIC begins full-scale production.
SAIC is one of the two companies tasked with upgrading AAVP-7s, with the other being BAE Systems Inc.
Both companies will compete again before securing a production contract.