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AAAV Logs 20 Knots In High-Speed Water Test (Apr. 25)



STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.---The U.S. Marine Corps has completed the first high-speed water test of its new Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV), designed and built by General Dynamics Land Systems. The test took place at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

During the test on the Patuxent River, AAAV prototype number one recorded speeds in excess of 20 knots over a one-mile distance. This test also marked the first attempt to power the AAAV at the full-up plane position it uses to ride on the water.

"This truly extraordinary engineering and operational achievement, by this 'extreme machine,' was made possible by the truly magnificent AAAV team that the Marine Corps and General Dynamics have assembled in Woodbridge, Virginia, along with the labs, subcontractors, and vendors in 47 of the United States, and in Canada, Germany, and Israel," said Colonel Blake Robertson, USMC AAAV program manager. "Taking a vehicle that can perform like an M1 tank on land and turning it into a speedboat on the water is quite an engineering feat."

During 1999, AAAV prototype number one successfully completed safety checks and crew familiarization, thruster and water mobility testing, and land-speed performance requirements at Quantico, Virginia. "A prototype engine is 75 percent through its 1,000-hour engine durability testing and another has started the 400-hour standard NATO testing," said John W. Wosina, Land Systems vice president of Amphibious Operations. "The prototype vehicle is scheduled to continue water testing through this summer in preparation for Early Operational Assessment testing later this year."

General Dynamics Land Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 43,000 people worldwide and has annualized sales of approximately $10 billion. The company has leading market positions in shipbuilding and marine systems, land and amphibious combat systems, information systems, and business aviation.

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General Dynamics-Built Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV) Completes Its First High-Speed Water Test