AAV7s leak water and the US Marines decided to abandon them

WASHINGTON – The US Marine Corps Command has decided to abandon the use of AAV7 amphibious tracked vehicles during hostilities, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Defense Express.

AAV7s leak water and the US Marines decided to abandon them
Photo credit: Defense Express

US Marines have about 1,200 such vehicles, which have been in operation for nearly 40 years, and due to their poor technical condition, they can no longer be amphibians because their bodies are leaking. This is stated in a publication on the portal Defense News.

The newspaper writes that in July 2020, the command of the US Navy has already decided to temporarily stop the AAV7, after such a vehicle sank during a combat mission.

In the spring of 2021, AAV7 vehicles were returned to the Marines, but this step can be called formal – an average of 30 such amphibians are just one truly combat-ready machine.

The AAV7 is planned to be used as a ground bypass. If shortly the United States will be forced to use its Marines to conduct large-scale military operations, then the US Navy will be forced to return obsolete AAV7 amphibious to active combat service.

As Defense Express reported earlier, the U.S. Marine Corps plans to purchase ACV-wheeled amphibious vehicles to replace AAV7 tracked vehicles.

By 2022, the volume of deliveries should be 80 cars per year.

AAV-7 combat history

Twenty U.S.-built LVTP-7s [AAV7 was formerly known as Landing Vehicle, Tracked, Personnel-7 abbr. LVTP-7] were used by Argentina during the 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands with all of them returning to the Argentine mainland before the war ended.

From 1982 to 1984, LVTP-7s were deployed with U.S. Marines as part of the multi-national peacekeeping force in Beirut, Lebanon. As Marines became increasingly involved in hostilities, several vehicles sustained minor damage from shrapnel and small arms fire.

On October 25, 1983 U.S. Marine LVTP-7s conducted a highly successful amphibious landing on the island of Grenada as part of Operation Urgent Fury.

It was heavily used in the 1991 Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope.

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, AAV-7A1s were criticized for providing poor protection for the crew and passengers compared with other vehicles, such as the M2 Bradley. Eight were disabled or destroyed during the Battle of Nasiriyah, where they faced RPG, mortar, tank and artillery fire. At least one vehicle was destroyed by fire from friendly A-10 Warthog aircraft.

On 3 August 2005, 14 U.S. Marines and their Iraqi interpreter were killed when their AAV struck a roadside bomb in the city of Haditha in the Euphrates river valley in western Iraq.

Eight U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor died on 30 July 2020, when their AAV sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Clemente Island, California, during a training exercise, ahead of an upcoming deployment

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