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Brazil seeks AAVs

Aug. 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The proposed sale to Brazil of 26 Assault Amphibious Vehicles and related items has been announced by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The AAV package, under the Foreign Military Sales program, would be worth an estimated $233 million.

DSCA notified Congress earlier this week that in addition to the 26 AAVs in the Reliability, Availability and Maintainability/Rebuild-to-Standard configuration, the United States would also upgrade Brazil's existing AAV fleet to RAM/RS units.

Rounding out the package would be weapons and ammunition, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment and technical data and publications.

Personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services and other related elements would be included.

Brazil will use the equipment to modernize and strengthen its naval operational amphibious capability.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said that if the sale was approved, the AAVs for Brazil would be procured through a competitive procurement process.

Acquisition of the AAVs and related items would not require the assignment of any additional U.S. government or contractor representatives to Brazil, the agency added.

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