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First batch of assault vehicles for Philippine Marine Corps arrives home

10 May 2019
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Philippine Marine Corps personnel, seen here while training with their counterparts from South Korea on the KAAV. Source: Republic of Korea Marine Corps

The first batch of four Korean amphibious assault vehicles (KAAVs) procured for the Philippine Marine Corps has arrived in-country, a source from within the Philippine Navy confirmed with Jane’s on 10 May.

The vehicles arrived just days after the Philippine Marine Corps conducted an ‘activation ceremony’ for its Amphibious Assault Vehicle Company, which was formally stood up on 25 April, said the source.

The vehicles that have arrived in the Philippines are part of a PHP2.42 billion (USD46 million) contract that was signed between the Philippine government and South Korean defence firm Hanwha Techwin in April 2016.

The firm, which was formerly known as Samsung Techwin, clinched the contract after it emerged as the sole bidder for Manila’s AAV procurement programme.

The project was established to equip the Philippine Marine Corps with which a tracked armoured vehicle capability that can be deployed from the Philippine Navy’s 123 m strategic sealift vessels (SSVs).

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