Photos: Marines test-drive next-gen armored vehicle

Photos: Marines test-drive next-gen armored vehicle

Summary: The amphibious Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle moves fast and packs state-of-the-art electronics.

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  • Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle

    It may look a little like the fake dragon in the James Bond movie "Dr. No," but the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle is actually the next-generation amphibious troop carrier for the U.S. Marine Corps. The EFV is due to go into service at the end of the decade, a higher-tech replacement for the Marines' aging workhorse, the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, originally fielded in 1972.

    On Thursday, the Pentagon awarded General Dynamics a $44 million contract to complete the current phase of development.

  • Digital displays

    Digital displays are an integral part of the EFV for displaying maps and vehicle control systems. The vehicle is also set to include state-of-the-art voice and data communications.

  • Driver

    Even with the technical advances, the quarters will continue to be cramped. The EFV will have a crew of three and is designed to transport 17 combat-equipped Marines.

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