The first batch of four Korean amphibious assault vehicles (KAAVs) arrived in the Philippines.
The Philippine’s Department of National Defense ordered the Hanwha Defense Systems KAAV7A1 vehicles for the Philippine Marine Corps.
The vehicles that have arrived in the Asian country are part of a $46 million contract that was signed between the Philippine government and South Korean defense firm Hanwha Techwin in April 2016.
The firm, which was formerly known as Samsung Techwin, confirmed the contract after it emerged as the sole bidder for Manila’s AAV procurement program. The next batch of four more KAAV7A1 is said to be delivered by August this year, and are in advanced stages of construction.