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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.
A 2,700-horsepower engine will propel the EFV through the water at up to 25 knots, and on land at up to 45 miles per hour. Operational testing is scheduled for the summer.
Rear view of the EFV, with the decidedly low-tech--and indispensable--gear of shovel and sledgehammer.
The EFV, looking menacing at night on the firing range. The main weapon is a 30mm automatic chain gun.