Light Armored Vehicle-Command and Control (LAV-C2)
The United States Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle, Command and Control (LAV-C2) is a tactical vehicle that provides the necessary voice and data connectivity to intelligence, fire support, and maneuver elements in support of the Light Armored Reconnaiss ance (LAR) battalion or independent LAR company units during amphibious operations and subsequent operations ashore.
The LAV-C2 is an all-terrain, all-weather vehicle with night capabilities. The LAV-CC is a Type I raised roof chassis outfitted with communication stations that allows the Unit Commander the capability to command, control and communicate (C3) the activities of his forces under full armored protection. This mobile command station provides field commanders with all necessary resources to control and coordinate light armored units in all assigned roles. It is air transportable via C-130, C-141, C-5 and CH-53 E. When combat loaded there are 200 ready rounds and 800 stowed rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. There are 8 ready rounds and 8 stowed rounds of smoke grenades. The vehicle can be made fully amphibious within 3 minutes.
The LAV-C2 Upgrade Program, announced August 26, 2004, will address the modernization of the communications suite in order to provide digital and voice traffic. It w ill result in an open communications network architecture using legacy equipment while allowing for the drop-in of advanced, affordable communications technologies as they are matured and fielded (e.g., the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) to be fielded in FY09). The LAV-C2 acquisition strategy will focus on integrating non-developmental sub-systems. The candidate sub-systems have either been tested and fielded or are under development and will meet the required technology readiness level in order to mi nimize program risk. Open architecture will allow seamless integration of next generation sub-systems. The intercom, radio suite, server, and workstation upgrades to be included in the LAV-C2 upgrade program have been selected utilizing user surveys, Qua lity Functional Deployment (QFD), Pugh concept selection process, and trade studies.
Marine Corps Inventory: 50
Unit Replacement Cost: $650,000
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