A remotely operated unmanned Marine Corps AAV is taking California beaches

The nearly 40-year-old assault amphibious vehicle looks to be getting a new lease on life, even as the Corps is still amid plans to replace the aging vehicle.

For nearly two weeks aboard Camp Pendleton, California, the Corps and Naval Surface Warfare Center put a remotely operated AAV through two weeks of testing, according to a release.

“Assault Amphibious Vehicles were structured to carry troops in water operations from ship-to-shore, through rough water and the surf zone,” Dustin Bride, the remote AAV system engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, said in the release.

“This modernized upgrade will allow the Marine Corps to remotely traverse from ship-to-shore with an organic vehicle capability to breach and proof lanes and landing zones for landing forces,” Bride said in the release.

A mission of the remotely operated AAV is to use the MK 154 mine clearance system that can help in clearing beachheads. The unmanned AAV is being upgraded to remotely operate this feature, a release said.

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Source: Marine Times