BAE Team Performs Testing on Marine Personnel Carrier; John Swift Comments

MPC4A team comprised of BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles has finished a series of tests on a marine personnel carrier under a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps.

The evaluations aimed to validate the MPC’s maneuverability both on land and at sea as well as its ability to carry a reinforced Marine rifle squad, while allowing efficient and quick personnel exit, according to a BAE statement.

BAE’s vehicle is based on the Iveco SUPERAV 8×8 wheeled amphibious platform and is a 26-ton, open-ocean, swim-capable vehicle.

John Swift, MPC program director for BAE, said the 8×8 MPC exceeded all vehicle requirements during the 12-day testing.

The vehicle is meant to enable marine personnel to conduct exit drills in less than 17 seconds and stowed cargo for more than three days without risking survivability of the vehicle and personnel.

Assessments occurred at the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch in Camp Pendleton, California.

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