Greece to Acquire 76 AAVs
Greece has requested to buy 63 Assault Amphibious Vehicles, Personnel Variant (AAVP-7A1), nine Assault Amphibious Vehicles, Command Variant (AAVC-7A1), four Assault Amphibious Vehicles, Recovery Variant (AAVR-7A1), and 63 50-Calibre Machine Guns (Heavy Barrel). Also included are MK-19 Grenade Launchers and M36E T1 Thermal Sighting Systems (TSS). The estimated total cost is $268 million.
The AAV-P7/A1 is the current amphibious troop transport of the United States Marine Corps (USMC). USMC Amphibious Assault Battalions use the platform to land the surface assault elements of the landing force and their equipment in a single lift from assault shipping during amphibious operations to inland objectives and to conduct mechanised operations and related combat support in subsequent mechanised operations ashore.
Greece is acquiring assault amphibious vehicles of a specific type which experienced a sinking incident in 2020. As a result, the US Marine Corps barred these vehicles from regular deployments in December 2021 and started replacing them with Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs). A Marine Corps spokesman, commenting on the sale, stated that the AAV is a safe vehicle as long as maintenance standards are followed.