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Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade and Sustainment Initiatives

We have parallel survivability upgrade and sustainment programs in place to improve protection and performance of a portion (392) of the AAV fleet so that it will continue to serve as the primary amphibious mobility platform until the fleet is replaced entirely by a modern capability.  AAV Upgrade meets surface assault echelon capacity requirements for two MEBs while mitigating a force protection gap in capability.

This program will start in FY 19, though some aspects such as electrical and communications system upgrades are already being addressed, and will extend their the service life through at least 2035.

The AAV Upgrade Program will improve the force protection of the personnel carrier variant of the AAV, specifically its underbelly protection against explosive threats.  In addition, the AAV Modification and Sustainment will focus on safety upgrades, replacement of obsolete components, and improvements to interoperability, reliability, maintainability, and availability extending the life and operational relevance of the AAV.