The first four of 8 amphibious assault vehicles ordered by the Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippine Marines from Hanwha Techwin, formerly Samsung Techwin, are expected to be delivered within this month.
MaxDefense Philippines said it received confirmation from the DND that Hanwha Techwin committed to deliver the 1st batch of 4 units by April 2018.
It added that the final 4 units will be delivered by August 2018.
“While there is still 8 days before the end of April, MaxDefense would be conservative on the delivery so it could extend to May if delays are encountered. But whatever happens, the delivery of the first batch are indeed coming soon,” MaxDefense said.
The ordered amphibious assault vehicles can be deployed from ship to shore through Philippine Navy’s Tarlac-class landing platform docks.
Last month, Philippines and South Korea Marine officers discussed the conduct of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE) on amphibious assault vehicles. This is in line with the upcoming delivery of amphibious assault vehicles.
In July 2017, members of the Philippine Marine Corps were sent to United States military base in Okinawa, Japan to learn different amphibious assault vehicle procedures.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/photos/a.119059604931372.1073741828.117625771741422/701151743388819/; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1029315; https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3576723/philippine-marines-train-american-base-first-time-e