Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has announced BAE Systems has selected the MCT-30 turret for the US Marine Corps ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle) programme.
Press Release, Kongsberg, 13 May 2020: Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has been selected by BAE Systems, Inc. to design and manufacture the remote Medium Calibre Turret (MCT) for the United States Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) -30 programme. KONGSBERG will deliver up to 150 MCTs in a phased programme as part of this contract. Test article delivery will commence early 2021 followed by production phases.
The KONGSBERG MCT-30 is the first remotely operated 30mm turret to be qualified and fielded in the United States. The system provides highly accurate firepower for wheeled or tracked combat vehicles. It is remotely controlled and operated from a protected position inside the vehicle compartment for optimised crew safety. The MCT-30 leverages a link-less medium calibre cannon providing lethality, extremely high reliability and multi-user functions to the Marine Corps ACV and other platforms.
“The ACV-30 with KONGSBERGs MCT-30 turret signifies a powerful lethality capability for the Marine Corps, representative of a new era in US amphibious operations”, said Pål E Bratlie, Executive Vice President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace“.
The US Army, in 2015, chose KONGSBERG’s MCT-30 to increase the lethality of the Stryker Brigade in Europe. The system has been fielded and operated with the Army as part of the European Deterrence Initiative since 2018. It is the primary armament and fire control system for the Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon (ICV-D) Strykers. All MCT-30s, and any remote weapon stations, bound for US customers are manufactured in the KONGBSERG Johnstown, PA facility leveraging a US supply base located in over 30 States.