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Expeditionary Fighting VehicleIt 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 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.
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.