The US Department of Defense (DoD) has confirmed deal to sell amphibious assault vehicles for Taiwan.
According to the DoD, BAE Systems Land & Armaments, York, Pennsylvania, is awarded an $83.6 million contract to provide the necessary material and technical engineering to build, integrate, test, and deliver 30 Assault Amphibious Vehicle, Personnel Vehicles 7A1 (AAVP7A1); four Assault Amphibious Vehicle, Command Vehicles 7A1 (AAVC7A1); and two Assault Amphibious Vehicle, Recovery Vehicles 7A1 (AAVR7A1).
Work on the contract will occur in York, Penn., and is expected to be completed by July 2020.
The total cumulative value of the contract award will be obligated to BAE System at time of award.
The Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV), official designation AAV-P7A1, is a fully tracked amphibious landing vehicle designed for transporting troops and cargo from ship to shore.
At sea, a 400 hp turbocharged diesel V-8 engine with propulsion enabled by two 14,000 gpm water jet pumps provides AAV7A1 vehicles with a cruising speed of 7 knots and the ability to negotiate 10-foot plunging surfs heading either seaward or to shore.
On land, the proven torsion bar suspension and BAE Systems signature “Big Foot” track makes for outstanding mobility on all terrains at a top speed of 45 mph.