Report to Congress on Marine Corps’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle Program

The following is the May 13, 2021, Congressional Research Service In Focus report, Marine Corps Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV)

From the report

ARV Desired Operational Capabilities According to a Marine Corps May 2019 briefing to industry, some of the ARV’s desired operational capabilities include  an automatic medium-caliber cannon capable of delivering anti-personnel, anti-materiel, and anti-armor munitions on the move (such as the Army’s XM813 30 mm weapon system);  anti-armor capability to defeat close-in heavy armor threats;

  • precision-guided munitions (PGMs) to defeat threats beyond the engagement range of threat systems;
  • unmanned systems swarm capability to
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Major players bid for chance to build US Marine Corps’ next recon vehicle

WASHINGTON — Several major industry players have bid for a chance to build the U.S. Marine Corps’ next reconnaissance vehicle as the service embarks on a prototyping effort to replace its aging fleet of lightly armored vehicles.

Incumbent General Dynamics Land Systems — which is the manufacturer of the Light Armored Vehicle-25 currently in service — announced it submitted an advanced reconnaissance vehicle, or ARV, prototype proposal by the Marine Corps’ May 3 deadline.

Textron is competing with a prototype it already built and drove nearly 750 miles, dubbed “Cottonmouth.”

BAE Systems would not confirm whether it plans to

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Textron Submits Concept for Marine Corps Advanced Recon Vehicle

Textron Systems’ Cottonmouth concept for the Marine Corps’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle. TEXTRON SYSTEMS

ARLINGTON, Va. — Textron Systems has submitted to the Marine Corps its proposal for the competition to build the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV), a Corps requirement for an amphibious scout vehicle that will serve as a sensor node in the Corp’s planned modernization to meet the challenges of great power competition with expeditionary advanced base operations in the Indo-Pacific region.  

The ARV proposal, called Cottonmouth by Textron, is designed to be a “next -generation Naval Sensor Node,” fitted with “cutting edge sensor technology,” the company said in

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