- The Philippine Marine Corps has begun training on the Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicle ahead of an anticipated delivery
- Vehicles will further expand on the range of operations that can be conducted by the Philippine Navy’s strategic sealift vessels
The Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) has begun training its counterparts from the Philippines on the Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicle (KAAV).
Images released by the RoKMC via its official social media channel on 31 October indicate that the training include a simulator-based activity, as well as operations on land and at sea.
The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) is currently anticipating the delivery of eight KAAVs from South Korean defence company Hanwha Techwin.
The company was awarded a PHP2.42 billion (USD45.5 million) contract in April 2016 to supply the vehicles to the PMC.
According to a notice of award retrieved from a Philippine government procurement website, Hanwha Techwin is contractually obliged to deliver the vehicles within 910 days upon opening the letter of credit for the order, and this is expected to take place either in late 2018 or early 2019.
The company, which was formerly known as Samsung Techwin, emerged as the sole bidder for the Philippine amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) procurement programme, which seeks to equip the PMC with a tracked armoured vehicle that can be deployed from the Philippine Navy’s landing platform dock- (LPD)-like strategic sealift vessels (SSVs).
The Philippine Navy operates a fleet of two 123 m Tarlac-class SSVs that were commissioned in June 2016 and May 2017 respectively. Each vessel can embark up to four AAVs in its well dock.
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