Greek Parliament approves the acquisition of AAV-7 and MQ-9 SeaGuardian
The acquisition of 75 second-hand AAV-7 armoured amphibious vehicles is envisaged for the equipment of the three marine battalions of the 32nd marine brigade. The original thought was to acquire amphibious vehicles that would serve the entire needs of the unit, precisely 70 to 75 pieces. The cost was up to 600 million dollars. This scenario was rejected to get to the second plan related to the acquisition of amphibious AAV -7A1 to cover the needs of a battalion of marines. And this solution was rejected due to cost, and now the third and prevailing plan, which is also expensive, is to acquire 9-10 amphibious AAV -7A1, which will cover the needs of a company of marines.The cost for the final plan amounts to 70 million dollars with a complete reconstruction of the vehicles, spare parts, literature, installation of communication material, etc. This is also the prevailing scenario for the implementation, although again, due to the financial difficulty, the cost is considered high given the conditions and the remaining needs. Vehicles are given in an 'as is where is' situation, so they require an extensive level of repairs and maintenance.On the other hand, it is worth emphasizing that the US Marine Corps has stopped its operational use due to many technical and challenging issues. The vehicles will be available for operations only on land, while at sea, they will only be available in case of crisis or war.Greece wants to acquire the UAV system consisting of three MQ-9 SeaGuardian UAVs and one ground control station.