1st 4 of 8 KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicless assault vehicles from SK is finally home

1st 4 of 8 KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicless assault vehicles from SK is finally home




Things are really looking up for the Philippine Navy and for the Armed Forces of the Philippines in general.

The arrival of the top of the line anti-submarine helicopters AugustaWestland AW-159 from the United Kingdom this week is followed by the arrival of the first 4 of 8 Hanwha Defense Systems (HDS) KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles ordered by the Philippines' Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), has also finally arrived home.



It was confirmed that the 4 KAAV7A1 were shipped out of the Philippine Marine Corps on May 9,2019.

One of the 4 initially delivered Hanwha Defense Systems (HDS) KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles for the Philippine Marine Corps (photo credit to owner)


A total of eight (8) vehicles were ordered by the DND in 2016 from South Korean company Hanwha Techwiin in a deal worth around US$55.6 million. Hanwha holds a production license from BAE Systems to build the AAV7 amphibious assault vehicle.



The next batch of four (4) more KAAV7A1 is said delivered by August 2019, and are currently in advanced stages of construction.

The KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles is armed with the Up-Gunned Weapon Station (UGWS) for a 12.7mm heavy machine gun and 40mm automatic grenade launcher, and the Enhanced Applique Armor Kit (EAAK) similar to the BAE Systems AAV7A1 used by the US Marine Corps.


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