The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $198 million contract to deliver an initial 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), with options for a total of 204 vehicles which could be worth up to $1.2 billion.

BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, prevailed in the Marine Corps’ robust competition for the next generation of vehicles to get the Marines from ship to shore to engage in land combat operations.

“We are well positioned and ready to build the future of amphibious fighting vehicles for the Marine Corps, having already produced 16 prototypes,” said Dean Medland, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles Amphibious and International at BAE Systems. “Through this award, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Marine Corps by providing a best-in-class vehicle to support its mission through mobility, survivability and lethality.”

The ACV provides exceptional mobility in all terrains, and blast mitigation protection for all three crew and 13 embarked Marines, along with other improvements over currently fielded systems. The new vehicle is an advanced 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle that is equipped with a new 6-cylinder, 700HP engine, which provides a significant power increase over the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, which is currently in service and has been in operation for decades. The ACV is also adaptable to accommodate growth for future technologies or requirements.

The BAE Systems team conducted its own extensive risk mitigation testing and evaluation for land mobility, survivability, and swim capabilities that proved its vehicle’s performance prior to delivering the first 16 prototypes to the Marine Corps in 2017.

Over the past 15 months, the company supported the Marine Corps’ rigorous Developmental Testing and Operational Assessment of the vehicles, which performed superbly in water and land operations, payload, and survivability.

Work on the program will be performed at the company’s facilities in Aiken, South Carolina; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis; Stafford; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania.

The Marine Corps’ selection of BAE Systems for the ACV 1.1 program further solidifies the company’s 70-year legacy of providing superior amphibious vehicle capabilities to meet ship-to-objective and combat tactical lift objectives. As a leading provider of combat vehicles, the company has produced more than 100,000 systems for customers worldwide. Iveco is also a proven manufacturer of combat vehicles, having designed and built more than 30,000 multi-purpose, protected, and armored military vehicles in service today.

February 16, 2017 12:45 ET

CORTAC Group Joins Forces with MCSI, Gains Chicago Footprint

Growing business and technology consultancy adds Chicago-area team and office, new training programs and energy industry expertise to its practice

BELLEVUE, WA–(Marketwired – Feb 16, 2017) – CORTAC Group, a leading provider of business development, management consulting and technology services, announced today it has expanded its capabilities with the integration of a Chicago-based firm, MCSI. This agreement enables CORTAC to provide enterprise-class installation, implementation, integration and training services, in particular with Oracle’s Primavera P6 Software, to a combined client roster that includes Fortune 500 companies in the defense, technology, manufacturing, retail, consumer, financial services, construction, energy, healthcare and airline industries.

“We have partnered with MCSI on several projects in the past, and were impressed with the company’s solid reputation and expertise in its specializations,” said CORTAC managing partner and co-founder Tom Eide. “By absorbing the company’s talented staff and operations, we immediately boost CORTAC’s national footprint with a Chicago-area presence and offer our existing client base more diverse service offerings, particularly in project management and training. We also gain a new service market in the energy industry, thanks to MCSI’s successful track record.”

As a result of this agreement, MCSI retains its original brand and becomes a new training-specific division of CORTAC. MCSI principal and founder, James ‘Jimmy’ Bratsakis, joins the CORTAC Group team as a vice president with full responsibility for CORTAC’s program planning and controls (PP&C) team. This responsibility includes other projects across CORTAC, including work with its large technology clients in the Seattle market. Other MCSI employees are transitioning to CORTAC’s PP&C organization, retaining the same roles and responsibilities held at MCSI.

“MCSI’s excellent training programs and experience, combined with the benefits of a now deeper talent pool and exposure with CORTAC is a big win,” said Bratsakis. “By combining our practices, we have a team that is free to spend more time with our clients, who are really the biggest beneficiaries since they now get a broader portfolio of services.”

The new Chicago-area office is the first of several planned expansions for CORTAC Group in 2017. For more information, please visit

About CORTAC Group
CORTAC Group is a leading provider of business development, management consulting, and technology services to the world’s most innovative organizations in the defense, technology, manufacturing, energy, consumer and retail industries. With a team of 50+ professional consultants averaging more than 20 years of experience, CORTAC offers expertise in mergers/acquisitions, proposal development, project management, planning and controls, data center creation and the development of technology solutions for small to multi-billion dollar projects. The company is jointly headquartered in Los Angeles and Seattle. To learn more, please visit