The transmissions were selected by both manufacturers competing for the Marine Corps’ newest wheeled armored vehicle prototype

November 11, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS— Allison Transmission became an active participant in the U.S. Marine Corps’ combat vehicle modernization plan when two manufacturers competing to build prototypes for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) chose the Allison 3000 Specialty Series™ transmission as their propulsion system, according to a release from Allison Transmission.

The two OEMs—Textron Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems—are expected to deliver their prototype vehicles in 2023, followed by a rigorous six-month government evaluation. In its solicitation to industry, the Marine Corps said that when the prototype project is successfully completed, it may pursue a production effort and build approximately 500 vehicles over five years.

The Marine Corps also announced that it will work with BAE Systems to study the possibility of adapting its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) to become the Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle. The BAE Systems Amphibious Combat Vehicle, which entered full rate production in February 2021, uses an Allison 4000 Specialty Series transmission, according to the release.

Allison Transmissions is a designer and manufacturer of vehicle propulsion systems for commercial and defense vehicles. These systems include conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion for tactical wheeled and tracked defense vehicles, as well as medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

“Allison takes great pride collaborating with leading defense partners, providing propulsion solutions for their vehicles, and meeting the requirements of the U.S military and our customers around the world,” said Dana Pittard, vice president for defense programs at Allison Transmission, in the release.

The Marine Corps is looking to replace its fleet of Light Armored Vehicles as part of its modernization plan. The Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle will weigh less than 37,000 pounds. At the same time, it requires the power and torque to maneuver effectively on land and sea; under extreme conditions through the surf zone; across sandy soil; and into combat action.

“Allison’s fully automatic transmissions are engineered without compromise, and deliver Continuous Power Technology™ for smooth, seamless, full-power shifts and superior acceleration,” Pittard continued. “Allison Automatics have no power interrupts during shift changes, making the best use of the engine’s horsepower and torque by delivering more power to the wheels, and allowing the vehicle crew to focus on mission accomplishment.”

Allison products are used in applications ranging from on-highway trucks, buses, and motor homes, to off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining, and construction applications) and defense vehicles (tactical wheeled and tracked).

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