BAE Systems has secured a $149m contract to produce assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) for the Japanese Ministry of Defence.

The contract is part of an ongoing effort aimed at enhancing the amphibious capability of the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will provide 30 new AAV7A1 reliability, availability, and maintainability / rebuild to standard (RAM/RS) vehicles to the Japanese force.

The contract also includes provision for the supply of tools and test equipment to support maintenance. The company will also provide training aids for the vehicles to the Japanese military.

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

BAE Systems Combat Vehicles business programmes vice-president Dean Medland said: “We’re proud to support the Japanese military’s recapitalisation by providing this enhanced amphibious capability.

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

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The AAV7A1 RAM/RS variant has been designed to facilitate improved mobility, command, control, and repair capabilities while transporting troops and cargo from ship to shore.

The vehicle features a powerful engine and drive train, as well as an upgraded suspension system when compared to standard vehicles.

Work under the contract will be performed at the company’s facility in Pennsylvania, with production expected to begin in August.

Deliveries are expected to begin by August 2017 and continue through end of 2017.

Image: BAE Systems’ assault amphibious vehicle (AAV). Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.