The Marine Corps expects at the end of January to request information from defense contractors for three types of vehicles: the Marine Corps Personnel Carrier, an updated version of existing armored amphibious vehicles, and a new amphibious vehicle to carry rifle squads from sea to land, Flynn, head of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Virginia, said today in a telephone news briefing.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week announced plans to cancel General Dynamics’s $15.5 billion Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program as part of his drive to cut $178 billion over the next five years. The program’s budget for the next five years was $2.37 billion, Flynn said, and that was now available for the new vehicles.
The EFV is designed for amphibious landings in hostile environments. Congress, through this fiscal year, has approved $3 billion of the program’s $15.5 billion cost.
Source: Roxana Tiron for Bloomberg.