Marines: USMC Abandons Amphibious Armored Vehicles

 

The U.S. Department of Defense is cancelling the U.S. Marine Corps new amphibious EFV (Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle), and the marines and navy are not fighting the decision. The EFV has been threatened with cancellation for several years now, because the vehicle is too expensive and doesn’t work. Well, parts of it work. A year ago, tests revealed that the EFV had similar survivability characteristics to MRAPs, when hit with roadside bombs or anti-vehicle mines. The EFV needed all the good news it could get, but marines are already using MRAPs in Afghanistan, and are quite happy with them. What they don’t really need, and may never need, is a high speed (in the water) armored vehicle that can cross 50 kilometers of open water to assault a defended beach. There has been no need for that since 1950.

Marines: USMC Abandons Amphibious Armored Vehicles

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