ARLINGTON, Va., April 8 (UPI) -- Japan's Ministry of Defense has contracted BAE Systems to supply it with 30 amphibious assault vehicles, or AAVs.
The acquisition of the AAVs supports the ongoing development of an amphibious capability within the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, the company said.
"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."
The new contract for new AAV7A1 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (RAM/RS) vehicles includes the delivery of tools and test equipment for maintenance and training aids.
The AAV7A1 RAM/RS features a more powerful engine and drive train than earlier other variants, 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.
BAE Systems said production of the AAVs will take place at its facility in York, Penn., beginning in August. Deliveries will begin next year.
The financial value of the contract was not disclosed.