BAE to supply assault amphibious vehicles to Brazilian Marine Corps

22 December 2015 (Last Updated December 22nd, 2015 18:30)

BAE Systems has received a $82m contract from the Brazilian Marine Corps to supply assault amphibious vehicles (AAV7A1).

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BAE Systems has received a $82m contract from the Brazilian Marine Corps to supply assault amphibious vehicles (AAV7A1).

As part of the deal, the company will modernise and deliver 23 upgraded AAV7A1 RAM/RS vehicles to the Brazilian Marine.

The deal also includes the supply of all tools and test equipment to support vehicle maintenance.

In addition, the firm offers spare parts, field service support and training for the vehicle users of the Brazilian Marine Corps.

BAE Systems New and Amphibious Vehicles director Deepak Bazaz said: "These new vehicles will have major capability enhancements, which will give the Brazilian military an amphibious vehicle with improved speed and reliability beyond the current configuration.

"We have a strong track record of supporting the Brazilian military and will continue that close working relationship throughout this programme."

"We have a strong track record of supporting the Brazilian military and will continue that close working relationship throughout this programme."

The AAV7A1 RAM/RS variant features advanced engine and drive train, as well as upgraded suspension system.

They also offer improved mobility and repair capabilities, and will involve in transporting troops and cargo from ships.

Contract work is expected to be carried out at the firm's York facility in Pennsylvania, US.

The firm intends to begin the vehicle production from June 2016, while deliveries are expected to start in February 2017.

BAE Systems Brazil general manager Marco Caffe said: "BAE Systems has served the Brazilian military for more than 15 years and is also working on other vehicle enhancement programmes here, such as the Brazilian Army's upgrade of its M113B vehicles to the M113A2 Mk1 configuration."


Image: BAE to provide assault amphibious vehicles to the Brazilian Marine Corps. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.