Marines evaluate new armored personnel carrier

June 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., June 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has put General Dynamics Land Systems' Marine Personnel Carrier through its paces to test critical vehicle features.

Testing at Camp Pendleton in California was conducted by the Marine's Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch.

General Dynamics said factors such as troop egress, component storage, reserve buoyancy, center of gravity, water maneuverability, hydrodynamic stability, ocean speed into head seas and surf transit capability were all evaluated.

"Our teams in Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia and Canada developed a vehicle that performed impressively during testing and demonstrated the ability to meet the Marine Corps' MPC vehicle requirements," said Michael D. Bolon, senior vice president, General Dynamics Land Systems U.S. Marine Corps and Navy Business sector.

"Our vehicle clearly demonstrated it has the amphibious capabilities that the Marines seek."

The personnel carrier provides land mobility capability comparable with the M1A1 tank and a double-V hull.

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