The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is conducting a logistics demonstration effort on its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) at Camp Pendleton, California in preparation for the Integrated Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) activities scheduled for next year.
The logistics demonstration effort — or Log Demo — is one of the last steps the Advanced Amphibious Assault (AAA) program office at Program Executive Officer Land Systems needs to execute before training Marines in the Operating Forces to use and maintain the ACV during IOT&E.
“Log Demo’s main purpose is to verify the validity and accuracy of the ACV’s technical manuals,” said Tommy “TJ” Pittman, Log Demo’s technical manager lead for PM AAA. “We want to make sure that the Marine can do the job, given the technical manual, training and tools [provided to them].”
For the logistics demonstration team, this means individually reviewing and performing nearly 1,500 work package procedures in the Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM ) designed for Marines in charge of vehicle maintenance. The demo also involves reviewing 125 work packages—spanning over 2,000 pages—in the Electronic Technical Manual designed for Marine ACV operators. The Common Remotely Operated Weapons System — or CROWS — on the ACV also has its own technical manual that the team must verify.
Unlike other logistic demonstrations undertaken by the USMC, which typically take place at a contractor’s facility, this one takes place at the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch at Camp Pendleton.
IOT&E is the program office’s final evaluation of the ACV before fielding the vehicle and is executed by the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity (MCOTEA).
Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV)
The ACV is a next-generation vehicle designed to replace the Corps’ aging Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) to move Marines from ship to shore. The ACV will be the primary means of tactical mobility for the Marine infantry battalion at sea and ashore.
The ACV will possess ground mobility and speed similar to the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank during sustained operations ashore and have the capability to provide organic, direct fire support to dismounted infantry in the attack. The vehicle will support expeditionary mobility capability and capacity with balanced levels of performance, protection, and payload.