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Japan orders new-build AAV7s

15th April 2016 - 11:10 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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Japan’s MoD has lodged a $149 million order with BAE Systems for 30 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), according to a 7 April announcement.

What is significant is that Japan is ordering new-build vehicles, which will require BAE Systems to reopen its assembly line. Production will commence in August, with first deliveries within a year.

The JGSDF will acquire 30 AAV7PA1 RAM/RS personnel carriers funded under the FY2015 budget. The last unit will be handed over by the end of 2017, but there remains the possibility of a further order so the JGSDF can meet its requirement of 52 AAVs ...

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