BAE Systems to produce assault amphibious vehicles for Japan
“We’re proud to support the Japanese military’s recapitalization by providing this enhanced amphibious capability,” said Dean Medland, vice president of programs at BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles business.
“As the original equipment manufacturer of the AAV fleet, we have a strong history of supporting this platform.”
BAE Systems will provide 30 new AAV7A1 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (RAM/RS) vehicles, plus supply tools and test equipment to support maintenance.
The company will also provide training aids for the vehicles to the Japanese military.
The AAV7A1 RAM/RS variant provides a more powerful engine and drive train, as well as an upgraded suspension system, allowing the new vehicles to meet or exceed original AAV7A1 performance.
The variant also provides improved mobility, command, control, and repair capabilities while transporting troops and cargo from ship to shore.
Work on the contract will take place at BAE Systems’ York, Pennsylvania facility. Production is expected to begin in August with vehicle deliveries beginning one year later.
Final delivery to Japan is expected to take place by the end of 2017. ■