All the eight ordered Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) for Philippine Marines from South Korean Hanwha Techwin, previously Samsung Techwin, will be delivered in 2018. According to Shephard Media, a Philippine Navy spokesperson confirmed at the Asian Defence and Security (ADAS) 2016 exhibition that first four AAVs will be delivered in August 2018 and the remaining four in December the same year.
The contract price for the acquisition of eight brand-new AAVs is PhP2.423 billion, and was awarded to Hanwha Techwin during the first quarter this year.
South Korean Hanwha Techwin and American BAE Systems are both producing AAV7A1 vehicles. Amphibious vehicles produced by the South Korean manufacturer are designated as KAAV7A1 (KAAV).
According to Shephard Media’s report all AAVs are personnel-carrying variants fitted with a one-man turret mounting a K4 40mm automatic grenade launcher and K6 12.7mm machine gun.
This project was among the seven multi-year contract projects that former President Aquino approved. The approval also included two frigates, two anti-submarine helicopters for Philippine Navy; two long-range patrol aircraft, six close-air support aircraft, munitions for FA-50 and three air surveillance radars for the Philippine Air Force.
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