It sounds like the Marine Corps is making some noises that indicate they’re not giving up on the former Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program without a fight. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos is on record as saying he wants to be driving some kind of Amphibious Combat Vehicle before his tour is up. From Defense Tech:
“I’m trying to pressurize industry, I’m trying to pressurize the acquisition folks, I want the word to get out. If we followed the standard acquisition timeline, which in some cases got us to where we are today, it’ll be 2024.”
To avoid such a fate, the general said the Department of the Navy will be using a model similar to the one it used to quickly buy and field thousands of MRAPs during the height of the Iraq war.
“Something probably that resembles the sense of urgency that we had for the MRAP but probably a little bit more scheduled, and that’s what we’re going to do.”