BAE Systems to build Assault Amphibious Vehicles for Japan

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BAE Systems has been contracted by the Japanese Ministry of Defence to manufacture new Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) that will assist with the ongoing development of an amphibious capability within the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.

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Dean Medland, vice president of programs at BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles business said the contract will see BAE Systems provide 30 new AAV7A1 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (RAM/RS) vehicles, plus supply tools and test equipment to support maintenance.

In addition, the company will provide training aids for the vehicles to the Japanese military.

“We’re proud to support the Japanese military’s recapitalisation by providing this enhanced amphibious capability,” Mr Medland said.

“As the original equipment manufacturer of the AAV fleet, we have a strong history of supporting this platform.”

The AAV7A1 RAM/RS variant is fitted with a more powerful engine and drive train, as well as an upgraded suspension system compared to its predecessor. Additionally, the variant provides improved mobility, command, control, and repair capabilities while transporting troops and cargo from ship to shore.

According to the defence contractor, work on the contract will commence at its York facility in Pennsylvania in August this year.

“Production is expected to begin in August with vehicle deliveries beginning one year later,” the company said in a statement.

“Final delivery to Japan is expected to take place by the end of 2017.”