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AAVP7A1 RAM/RS - 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003

AAVP7A1 RAM/RS - 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003
Publish Year: 2006
Restockable: No
Mfg. part #: DRR60072
Type: Miniatures Box Set
Age Range: 14 Years and Up

Description

The AAVP7A1 is an armored assault amphibious full-tracked landing vehicle. The vehicle carries troops in water operations from ship to shore, through rough water and surf zone. It also carries troops to inland objectives after ashore. The amphibious capability of the AAV makes it unique among all DOD systems. This forcible entry amphibious capability is the unique capability that sets the Marine Corps apart from the other services. A portion [64%] of the AAV fleet will undergo a reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) upgrade, and a rebuild to standard (RS) retrofit, to ensure Marine AAVs remain maintainable until the arrival of the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV).

The primary responsibility of the AAVs during an amphibious operation is to spearhead a beach assault. They disembark from ship and come ashore, carrying infantry and supplies to the area to provide a forced entry into the amphibious assault area for the surface assault element. Once the AAVs have landed, they can take on several different tasks: manning check points, Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) missions, escorting food convoys or mechanized patrol. The standard AAV comes equipped with a MK-19 grenade launcher and a M2 .50 caliber machine gun. With a 10,000 pound capacity, the AAV can also be used as a bulk refueler or a field expedient ambulance. It is easily the most versatile vehicle in the Marine Corps.

At 8.16m long, 3.31m high, and 3.27m wide, it is a large vehicle. AAVs (Amphibious Assault Vehicle) were instrumental in carrying Marines all the way from Kuwait to Baghdad, Iraq in "Operation Iraqi Freedom", 2003. All details are accurately reproduced, including the attachment points for the EAAK (Enhanced Armor Appliqué Kit). The 1:72 scale model is actually a Personnel variant of the AAV7A1 that has been upgraded to RAM/RS standard. This is signaled by such modifications as the exhaust system mounted on the roof.

Features:

  • Open window display box packaging
  • 1:72 true-to-scale
  • High quality die cast upper hull and chassis
  • Authentic USMC NATO camouflage & markings
  • Realistic rotating turret with gun
  • Track links treated with special weathering effect
  • Nicely designed plastic display case included