|The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) is a keystone for the Marine Corps Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare (EMW) and Ship-to-Objective Maneuver (STOM) warfighting concepts. This armored amphibious vehicle represents the Marine Corps’ primary means of tactical mobility for the Marine Rifle Squad when conducting amphibious operations and subsequent ground combat operations ashore. The EFV is a self-deploying, high-water-speed, armored amphibious vehicle capable of seamlessly transporting Marines from Naval ships located beyond the visual horizon to inland objectives.While providing the speed and maneuvering capabilities to operate with the main battle tank on land, the EFV can overcome current obstacles encountered by the landing force from oceans, lakes and rivers when used as high speed avenues of approach and maneuver. The EFV is an armored, fully tracked infantry combat vehicle that will be operated and maintained by a crew of three Marines, and have a troop capacity of 17 Marines with their individual combat equipment. The EFV is a replacement for the current Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV) which was originally fielded in 1972. The total EFV requirement is for 1,013 vehicles.
Former United States Marine Corps Commandant General Charles Krulak has described the EFV as “A unique combination of firepower, armor protection, and high speed mobility that will greatly enhance the range, maneuverability, and survivability of Marine Forces traveling from ship-to-shore and on land moving into enemy territory.”
It is not surprising that Liba armor was chosen by the Department of the Navy as the armor of choice for the United States Marine Corps EFV, with Liba’s (SURMAX) multi-impact superiority. No other ceramic armor available today can compete with the Liba’s (SURMAX) ability to withstand sustained multi-impact AP rounds.