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  • Subordinate units

    Subordinate units 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion is currently composed of 6 companies located at Camp Pendleton and 1 reinforced company located at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. Name     Location Alpha Company     Camp Pendleton Bravo Company     Camp Pendleton Charlie Company     Camp Pendleton Delta Company (REIN)     Marine Corps […]

  • Mission

    Mission Land the surface assault element of the landing force and their equipment in a single lift from assault shipping during amphibious operations to inland objectives; to conduct mechanized operations and related combat support in subsequent operations ashore. The specific Mission Essential Tasks List (METL) includes: Preparing combat ready units for deployment and operations in […]

  • 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion

    3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion (3rd AABn) is one of two active duty assault amphibian battalions in the United States Marine Corps. The battalion’s primary weapon system is the Amphibious Assault Vehicle or AAV. The AAV is a 26-ton armored vehicle that carries up to 18 combat-loaded Marines and is armed with the UGWS (UpGunned Weapons […]

  • Testing

    Testing On 3 April 2013, the Lockheed Havoc successfully completed amphibious testing as part of its evaluation for the MPC program. Trials were conducted at Camp Pendleton with the vehicle loaded to its full combat weight. The Havoc demonstrated its resistance to water penetration and ability to negotiate all surf and wave conditions while accommodating […]

  • Competitors

    Competitors IVECO Defence Vehicles teamed with BAE Systems Global Combat Systems to offer its SUPERAV 8×8 amphibious armored personnel carrier. In 2007, Lockheed Martin teamed up with Patria to offer the Patria AMV In August 2012, the Marines awarded development contracts to four companies for their vehicles: the Lockheed Martin Havoc, the BAE Systems Superav, […]

  • Development

    Development The Marine Corps deferred Milestone A (MS A) for the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) program by two years to FY10. The two-year investment period allowed for the maturation of Government Furnished Equipment and armoring technologies the Marine Corps plans to integrate onto the vehicles once produced. In addition, an MPC Technology Demonstrator vehicle effort […]

  • Design

    Design The MPC will possess a balance between the performance, protection and payload attributes and shall be designed to accomplish a broad array of missions across the range of military operations in a variety of operating environments in which expeditionary operations take place. Variants The MPC family of vehicles will consist of a basic vehicle […]

  • Marine Personnel Carrier

    The Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) is a wheeled armored personnel carrier under development for acquisition by the United States Marine Corps. Role The United States Marine Corps is preparing to acquire a new fleet of wheeled armored vehicles to meet the attributes and metrics of the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) requirement. The MPC will serve […]

  • History

    History A request for information (RFI) was issued to industry on 17 February 2011. The document outlined expected requirements and asked industry for informal design proposals and program methodology feedback. Responses were due by 22 April 2011. An industry day was held on 6 April 2011. In August 2012, General Dynamics was awarded an ACV […]

  • Design requirements

    Design requirements The ACV should have countermeasures able to contend with a full range of direct fire, indirect fire, and land mine threats. Visible and thermal signature reduction technologies will also be utilized. Modular protection can be applied as necessary. The vehicle must have the capability to transition from water to ground operations without tactical […]