BAE Systems to Provide Upgraded Amphibious Assault Craft to Japan

An upgraded version of BAE Systems' Assault Amphibious Vehicle. Photo: BAE Systems.An upgraded version of BAE Systems' Assault Amphibious Vehicle. Photo: BAE Systems.

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce new assault amphibious vehicles for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

The contract supports the ongoing development of an amphibious capability within the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, BAE officials said in a recent press release.

“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 provided no information about the potential value of the contract in the press release.

BAE Systems will provide 30 new AAV7A1 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard, or 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, according to the release. 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.

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