List of equipment of the Philippine Army
This is a list of all equipment that is in use by the Philippine Army. The Philippine Army is a branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that specializes in ground warfare. All equipment in service with the different branches of the AFP is provided by the Philippine government in order to be used in protecting the freedom and sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines against any hostilities.
- 1 Current inventory
- 2 Future acquisition plans
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
|M1911 pistol||United States||Semi-automatic pistol||.45 ACP||M1911A1||unknown||Standard issue sidearm, mixed between former US stocks and new locally sourced units.|
|Rock Island Armory 1911 series||Philippines||Semi-automatic pistol||.45 ACP||TAC Ultra FS HC 45 ACP||3,000 (+40,000)||3,000 acquired by Armed Forces of the Philippines in 2017, for issue to all service branches. Majority went to the Philippine Army. AFP ordered 60,000 units under AFP 0.45 caliber Hammer Fired Pistol acquisition project, majority expected to go to the Philippine Army.|
|Glock 17||United States||Semi-automatic pistol||9×19mm Parabellum||Glock 17 Gen 4||(+40,000)||Contract awarded to Glock Asia Pacific on September 2017 to supply 74,861 units to the entire AFP, majority expected to go to the Army. 1st delivery expected by March–April 2018.|
|Beretta 92||Italy||Semi-automatic pistol||9×19mm Parabellum||Beretta 92||unknown||Used by SOCOM units.|
|Submachine guns and Subcompact Weapons|
|Heckler & Koch MP5||Germany||Submachine gun||9×19mm Parabellum||MP5A3
|Uzi||Israel||Submachine gun||9×19mm Parabellum||Uzi||unknown|
|Ferfrans SCW||United States||Subcompact Carbine||5.56×45mm NATO||SCW 7||unknown||Used by mechanized infantry assigned to Task Force Davao, donated by NGOs of Davao City.|
|Assault rifles, carbines and battle rifles|
|M16 rifle|| United States /
|Assault rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||M16A1
|>100,000||Out of service although this is used by reservists and CAFGU units.|
|GA MID-16||Philippines||Assault rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||MID-16 Dissipator
|unknown||Rebuilt from M16A1 rifles with new 16" barrels, the MID-16 Mod.0 undergoing field testing in October 2015. several MID-16 Dissipators already in service.|
|Steyr AUG||Australia||Assault rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||F88 Austeyr||unknown||Australian-sourced, manufactured by Lithgow Arms. Used by Special Operations Command units.|
|AKM||Russia||Assault rifle||7.62×39mm||AKM||5,000||Donated by Russia. Several units being used by the Scout Ranger Regiment.|
|M4 carbine||United States||Carbine||5.56×45mm NATO||Colt M4 & M4A1
|Used by Special Operations Command units. |
The new standard issue rifle. 50,629 brand new units were initially ordered, 44,186 are for the Philippine Army and 6,443 are for the Philippine Marine Corps. Eventually, due to savings, another 12,657 R4A3 rifles were procured bringing the total to 56,843 rifles.
|Heckler & Koch HK416||Germany||Carbine||5.56×45mm NATO||D10RS
|unknown||Used by Light Reaction Regiment , Special Forces|
|CAR-15|| United States /
|Carbine||5.56×45mm NATO||Model 733
|unknown||Some were licensed produced by Elisco Tool (Elitool) Philippines as M653Ps. Used by secondary units, armored vehicle crew, Military Police, and Base Security units.|
|M14 rifle||United States||Battle rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||M14||unknown||In service as standard battle rifle. Will undergo refurbishing and upgrade into Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) or Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) standard.|
|M1 Garand||United States||Semi-automatic rifle||.30-06||M1C, M1D||36, 930||Used for Ceremonial.|
|M1 carbine||United States||Semi-automatic carbine||.30 Carbine||M1A1||8,831||Used for Ceremonial.|
|Designated marksman and sniper rifles|
|FN SCAR||Belgium||Designated marksman rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||SCAR-H||-|
|GA SDMR||Philippines||Designated marksman rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||SDMR-16||-||Similar in concept as the US Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle, but uses a 16" barrel specifically requested for Special Operations Command units. Used by the Light Reaction Regiment in limited numbers.|
|SIG SG 550||Switzerland||Designated marksman rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||SG 550||unknown||Assigned in limited numbers to Scout Ranger units. Modified as designated marksman rifles by installing optics to increase effective range. Replaced by M24 sniper rifles for standardization, and are probably stored.|
|M14 rifle||United States||Designated marksman rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||M14 DMR||unknown||Standard issue marksman rifle, modified with scopes to increase effective range compared to standard M14. Different from the M21 sniper rifle. Will undergo refurbishing and upgrade into standard GA Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) or Enhanced Battle Rifle (EMR) standard.|
|M21 Sniper Weapon System||United States||Semi-automatic sniper rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||M21||unknown||Sniper rifle issued to regular infantry units. Being refurbished by Government Arsenal by replacing key parts including installing new optics.|
|Knight's Armament Company SR-25||United States||Semi-automatic sniper rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||Mk.11 Mod.0||unknown||Introduced in 2004 as a primary to intermediate range semi-automatic sniper rifle used by the Special Operations Command.|
|Heckler & Koch PSG1||Germany||Semi-automatic sniper rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||PSG-1
|unknown||PSG-1 in service with the Presidential Security Group. Limited numbers of MSG90 in service with Special Operations Command units as primary-intermediate range semi-automatic sniper rifle.|
|M24 Sniper Weapon System||United States||Sniper rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||M24A1||unknown||Introduced in 2012 to Special Operations Command as new standard intermediate range sniper rifle.|
|Norinco CS/LR4||China||Sniper rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||CS/LR4A||30||Donated by the Chinese government to the AFP.|
|Robar SR-60||United States||Sniper rifle||7.62×51mm||SR-60D||unknown||Based on the Remington M40A1 sniper rifle. Only issued in limited numbers to the Scout Rangers as an intermediate range sniper rifle.|
|McMillan Tac-50||United States||Sniper rifle||.50 BMG||Tac-50||unknown||In limited numbers with Special Operations Command units.|
|Barrett M82||United States||Anti-materiel rifle, sniper rifle||.50 BMG||M82A1||unknown||Standard long range & anti-materiel sniper rifle.|
|Daewoo Precision Industries K3||South Korea||Light machine gun||5.56×45mm NATO||K3||6,540||Standard squad automatic weapon, in service since 2008.|
|FN Minimi||Belgium||Light machine gun||5.56×45mm NATO||Minimi||402||Standard squad automatic weapon. Additional order cancelled in favor of rebidding, which was later won by Daewoo Precision Industries' K3.|
|M60 machine gun||United States||General-purpose machine gun||7.62×51mm NATO||M60E3
|unknown||Standard general purpose machine gun. Several M60E3 being converted by Government Arsenal to M60E4 standard. Several M60E6 provided by US military to MARSOG on June 2017.|
|M1919 Browning machine gun||United States||Medium machine gun||.30-06 Springfield||M1919A1||unknown||Replaced by M60 machine gun in front line use, relegated for use on vehicles, base defense and security units, and CAFGU units.|
|Ultimax 100||Singapore||Light machine gun||5.56×45mm NATO||Mark 1||unknown|
|M2 Browning||United States||Heavy machine gun||.50 BMG||M2A1
|unknown||Infantry carried and vehicle mounted.|
|M134 Minigun||United States||Rotary machine gun||7.62×51mm NATO||M134||unknown||Mounted on armored Humvees and some M113A1 APCs. Some were transferred to the Philippine Air Force in exchange for M39 20mm cannons.|
|M203 grenade launcher||United States||Grenade launcher||40 mm grenade||M203
|unknown||Attached to M4/M4A1 (M203A1) and M16A1 (M203). Additional 740 more units were delivered in March 2011.|
|M320 Grenade Launcher Module||Germany||Grenade launcher||40 mm grenade||M320
|unknown||Used by Special Operations Command units. Attached to HK416, some in stand-alone system|
|M79 grenade launcher||United States||Grenade launcher||40 mm grenade||M79||unknown|
|CIS 40 AGL||Singapore||Automatic grenade launcher||40 mm grenade||40 AGL||unknown||Mounted on Simba 4×4 armored vehicles.|
|Armbrust|| Germany /
|Anti-tank weapon||67mm||Armbrust AT||unknown||Acquired from Singapore. Used by mechanized infantry units.|
|M72 LAW||United States||Anti-tank weapon||66mm||unknown||unknown||In limited service with the Special Operations Command.|
|Rocket-propelled grenade launcher||40mm||ATGL-L2
|250 (+744)||Initial 250 units delivered in 2017 to replace the M18 and M67 recoilless rifles that are currently in service. Another 744 units will be acquired from Russia under a G2G contract.|
|M40||United States||Recoilless rifle||105mm||M40||unknown||In Service, carried by light utility vehicles.|
|M67||United States||Recoilless rifle||90mm||M67||186||In Service, scheduled for replacement with the ATGL-L2 RPGs|
Night vision equipment
|Aselsan A100||Turkey||Monocular night vision device||A100||4,464 (+2,808)||4,464 initially ordered from Aselsan A.S, 2,808 units more ordered using balance of budget for the project.|
|Insight Technology AN/PVS-14||United States||Monocular night vision device||M914A||>2,351||2,351 units received in 2010, delivered by Nightline Inc.|
|L3 Technologies AN/PVS-7||United States||Binocular night vision device||AN/PVS-7||unknown||Used by troops of the Special Operations Command.|
|AN/PEQ-2||United States||Laser sight||-||~2,351||2,351 units received in two batches in 2008 and 2011. Used by troops of the Special Operations Command.|
|Aselsan Infrared Aiming Device||Turkey||Target Pointer/Illuminator||Infrared Aiming Device||~4,464 (+2,808)||4,464 initially ordered from Aselsan A.S under the Night Fighting System project, matched together with the Aselsan A100 Monocular NV Device. 2,808 units more ordered using balance of budget for the project.|
|Elbit Systems Combat-NG||Israel||Battlefield management system||Combat-NG||-||In use by some artillery and mechanized units.|
|AN/PRC-150||United States||Combat-net radio||RF-5800H-MP||>2,500||More than 300 units introduced in 2004. 234 units received in 2005, 2,019 units delivered in 2008. More received in 2011, and more on order from 2014.|
|AN/PRC-152||United States||Combat-net radio||RF-5800V-HH||>8,209||1,853 units introduced in 2004. 6,356 units delivered in 2008. More received in 2011, and more on order from 2014.|
|Harris Falcon III||United States||Combat-net radio||RF-7800V
|Introduced in 2015 in a deal worth $18 million. In service starting 2015.|
|Manpack Loudspeaker Version IV||Philippines||Loudspeaker||MLX4||unknown||Made by the Civil Military Operations Group of the Philippine Army.|
|Vetronix URC-773 Patrolfone||Philippines||Combat-net radio||URC-773M||unknown||Low band VHF radio. Being replaced by the Harris Falcon II & III series portable combat-net radios on front-line secured communication requirements. URC-777 is a locally made version of AN/PRC-77 by Vetronix Philippines.|
|Vetronix URC-187 Patrolfone||Philippines||Combat-net radio||URC-187B||unknown||High Frequency/Single Sideband radio, made by Veterans Electronics & Communications (Vetronix), replaced by the Harris Falcon II & III series portable combat-net radios on front-line secured communication requirements.|
|Vetronix URC-601||Philippines||Combat-net radio||URC-601||unknown||Made by Veterans Electronics Philippines (Vetronix), replaced by the Harris Falcon II & III series portable combat-net radios.|
|Vetronix URC-777||Philippines||Combat-net radio||URC-777||unknown||VHF-AM normally equipped with AMP-RF booster, used for air to ground communications, made by Veterans Electronics & Communications (Vetronix), replaced by the Harris Falcon II & III series portable combat-net radios.|
|AN/PRC-77||United States||Combat-net radio||PRC-77||unknown||Being replaced by the Harris Falcon II & III series portable combat-net radios. URC-777 is a locally made version of AN/PRC-77 by Vetronix Philippines.|
|Alvis FV101 Scorpion||United Kingdom||Reconnaissance vehicle/Light Tank||FV101||18||delivered in 1977. 18 units for upgrade as of 2015. 14 non-working units had their L23A1 76mm guns and turrets transplanted to M113A2+ vehicles under supervision from Elbit Systems Land & C4I.|
|FMC AIFV||United States||Infantry fighting vehicle||AIFV-25
|includes 6 Armored Recovery Vehicle variants, all delivered in 1979-1980.|
|FNSS ACV-15||Turkey||Infantry fighting vehicle||ACV-15 AAPC
|Formerly called the ACV-300. 1 Armored Recovery Vehicle delivered in 2004, 6 APC variants delivered in 2010.|
|FMC M113||United States||Armoured personnel carrier / Fire support vehicle / Infantry fighting vehicle / Armoured recovery vehicle||M113A1
|M113A1 acquired from 1967 onwards, some of which were converted to armored mortar carriers and fire support vehicles. 114 standard M113A2 APCs received in 2015 from US excess defense articles, all commissioned in January 2016. Upgraded M113A2+ supplied by Elbit Systems (Israel): 14 FSV with 76mm guns, 4 IFVs with 25mm RCWS, 6 APCs with 12.7mm RCWS, and 4 ARVs configured to YPR-806 standard. Ten of the upgraded M113A2s in APC and four in ARV configurations already received by PA. The rest are expected by early 2017.|
|GKN FS100 Simba 4×4||United Kingdom||Armoured personnel carrier||APC 12.7mm
|~135||150 units delivered between 1993 to 1997. 142 units assembled in the Philippines. Includes 3 IFV versions armed with 25mm Bushmaster cannon, 17 armored ambulance and command variants.|
|Cadillac Gage Commando 4×4||United States||Armoured personnel carrier||V-150
|Total 155 delivered, some with Marine Corps. Delivery starting 1975. Some stretched V-150S variants.|
|AM General HMMWV||United States||Light Utility Vehicle / Light Armored Vehicle||M998
|300||Around 1,000 units provided by the US in the late 1980s, divided into several variants and series, M998 & M1038(troop/cargo carrier), and M1025 weapons carriers, and are divided to all AFP service branches and the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force. Up-armored variants (M1025P1 and M1114) were provided from the late 2000s and are assigned with the Mechanized Infantry Division and Special Operations Command. More up-armored variants were requested from US Excess Defense Articles and are expected in the near future.|
|Kawasaki Teryx||United States||Utility Task Vehicle||Teryx||unknown||Provided under US Military Assistance Program, used by units of the Special Operations Command.|
|CMC Cruiser||Philippines||1/4-ton Light Utility Vehicle||Standard||unknown||Formerly made by Columbia Motors Corp. Produced in the 1980s and brought to service in the 1990s.|
|Delta Mini Cruiser||Philippines||1/4-ton Light Utility Vehicle||M1777||unknown||Divided into several variants and series, including short and stretched utility and armed variants, and modified variants for specialized units.|
|M151||United States||1/4-ton Light Utility Vehicle||M151||unknown||Several used as M40 recoilless rifle carriers.|
|Maxi-Ambulance||United States||Field Ambulance||M1152||49||23 units delivered to AFP on November 2011, PMC received 4 units. 23 M1152 formally handed to the Army in January 2015, 7 more arrived in February 2015.|
|KM-450 Series||South Korea||Light Utility Vehicle
|651 units KM-450 trucks purchased by AFP on 2007 (603 for Army, the rest shared by General Headquarters and Philippine Air Force), and 137 units on December 2010. 190 more delivered in 2013. 60 units KM-451 purchased by AFP in 2012, 48 went to the Army. An additional 219 units KM-450 was received last January 2016, with another batch of several hundreds more arriving in a few months. Another 60 units KM-451 ordered by the Army in 2015. A few were converted to Tactical Assault Ladder vehicle. As for September 2016, 1595 in service total.|
|Isuzu Elf||Japan||Light Utility Vehicle||6th Generation NHR||unknown||Only used for urban cargo and troop transport duties. In limited numbers mostly with AFP Joint Task Force-National Capital Region and Civil-Military Operations units.|
|Isuzu F-Series||Japan||Medium Utility Vehicle||FRR||unknown||Several units converted to Tactical Assault Ladder platforms.|
|M35 series||United States||2 1/2-ton Medium Utility Vehicle||M35A1/A2/A3
|-||Divided into several variants and series, in service with the PA since the early 1960s. Hundreds of assorted units in A2 and A3 series were delivered between 2000 and 2013, including 90 units delivered in June 2011. More being acquired from US EDA stocks to increase inventory and replace older variants|
|Kia KM-250 series||South Korea||2 1/2-ton Medium Utility Vehicle||KM-250||250||In service since 2011.|
|Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter||Japan||Medium Utility Vehicle||FK Troop Carrier||unknown||Only used for urban cargo and troop transport duties. In limited numbers mostly with AFP Joint Task Force-National Capital Region units.|
|M809 series||United States||5-ton Heavy Utility Vehicle||M813
|unknown||M813 cargo trucks and M816 wrecker. Gradually being replaced by more M939 and KM50 series 5-ton 6×6 trucks.|
|M939 series||United States||5-ton Heavy Utility Vehicle||M923
|unknown||20 M923 delivered in 2010, several more of different variants delivered in 2013, including 10 M936 van variants.|
|Kia KM-500 series||South Korea||5-ton Heavy Utility Vehicle||KM-500
|KM-500 as 155mm Artillery prime mover, KM-503 tractor head for flat-bed trailers. 1st batch of 6 KM-500 delivered in 2012. KM-503 delivered in 2013.|
|Ural 4320||Russia||8-ton Heavy Utility Vehicle||Ural 4320||20||Donated by the Russian government to the Philippine government in October 2017|
|Freightliner M916 series||United States||Heavy Utility Vehicle||M916A1
|unknown||Acquired in 1996. M916A1 tractor head for flat-bed tank transporters. A few M916A1 were modified to wrecker configuration. All operated by the Mechanized Infantry Division.|
|Mitsubishi L200||Japan||Light Utility Vehicle||L200||unknown||Used by Military Police|
|M224||United States||60mm Mortar||M224||unknown (+44)||In service since 2012. 44 brand new units arriving by 2017 as part of AFP Modernization Program via US Foreign Military Sales.|
|M75 mortar||Philippines||60mm Mortar||M75||unknown||Several hundred units were produced as part of the AFP Self-Reliance Defense Posture Program starting 1977.|
|M19 mortar||United States||60mm Mortar||M19||unknown||In service, but largely replaced by the M-75 mortar.|
|M29 mortar||United States||81mm Mortar||M29||400|
|M69 mortar||Serbia||81mm Mortar||M69A
|Based on the Yugoslavian M69 82mm mortar. M69A introduced in 1990s as part of US military assistance, re-chambered from original 82mm. The M69B purpose-built 81mm mortar introduced in 2012.|
|M30 mortar||United States||107mm Mortar||M30||~70||Delivered in 1974.|
|M101||United States||105mm Towed Howitzer||M101
|Total 150 delivered, some with Marine Corps. Delivered in 1957-1958. 12 units upgraded to M101/30 in 1997 by GIAT Industries, replacing the old barrel with ones similar to those used on the GIAT LG1 Mk.II howitzer.|
|M102||United States||105mm Towed Howitzer||M102||24||Delivered in 1981.|
|OTO Melara Model 56/14 Pack Howitzer||Italy||105mm Towed Howitzer||Mod 56||100||Total 120 delivered, some with Marine Corps. Delivered in 1983.|
|M3||United States||105mm Towed Howitzer||M3||unknown||For ceremonial gun salute purposes only, in limited numbers.|
|M114||United States||155mm Towed Howitzer||M114A1||12||Delivered in 1972.|
|Soltam M-71||Israel||155mm Towed Howitzer||M-71||20||14 delivered in 1983. Another 6 delivered in July 2017 as part of Revised AFP Modernization Program Horizon 1 phase.|
|Beechcraft Queen Air||United States||Utility aircraft||Standard||3||In Service(s/n PA-701)|
|Cessna 421||United States||Utility aircraft||Cessna 421B||2||In Service |
|Cessna 206||United States||Utility aircraft||Standard||2||In Service (s/n PA-072)|
|Cessna 172||United States||Utility aircraft||Cessna 172M||2||In Service (s/n PA-101, PA-103)|
|Cessna 150||United States||Utility aircraft||Cessna 150||1||In Service (s/n PA-501)|
|Short C-23 Sherpa||United States||Transport aircraft||C-23B+ Super Sherpa||0 (2)||The US Army donated 4 units that are expected to arrive soon. The units are to be split between the Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard.|
|Unmanned Aerial Vehicle|
|DJI Phantom series||China||Miniature UAV||Phantom 3 Professional
|unknown||Commercial drones bought off-the-shelf by Philippine Army units.|
|Raptor and Knight Falcon||Philippines||Miniature UAV||3||The first drone is known as Raptor and the second drone is known as Knight Falcon while a third drone is still being made. The Raptor is smaller and has less endurance than the Knight Falcon.|
|Airboat||Australia||Airboat||Standard||21||used by Special Operations Command. Received under the Joint Philippines-Australia Army Watercraft (JPAAW) Project.|
|Assault Watercraft||Philippines||Riverine Assault Boat||Standard||20||Used by Special Operations Command |
|Condor Scout Boats||Philippines||Riverine Squad Assault Boat||Standard||35|| 13 units under Condor-2, and 10 units under Condor-3. Can carry 8 men.|
|Condor Support Boats||Philippines||Riverine Assault Support Boat||Standard||7||used by Special Operations Command 4th Special Forces Battalion. 1 unit under Project Condor, 3 units under Condor-2, and 3 units under Condor-3. Can carry 55 men or mixed with provisions & supplies.|
Future acquisition plans
The Philippine Army has embarked on a 3-phase modernization program starting from 2013 to 2028 under the Revised AFP Modernization Program (RAFPMP) covered by Republic Act 10349, while still completing a previous modernization program spanning from 1995 to 2012 under the AFP Modernization Program (AFPMP) covered by Republic Act 7898. Several new acquisitions found in the current inventory were acquired under the AFP Modernization Program, as the Army projects under the RAFPMP are yet to be implemented as of September 2015.
Infantry and crew-served equipment
An additional 22,253 units of Remington R4A3 (M4 standard) assault carbines were ordered by the DND from Remington Defense USA, using the savings from an earlier order for 50,629 rifles. It is expected that not all will be given to the Army, that some are for the other AFP branch of services.
The Government Arsenal is being tapped to refurbish or rebuild a majority of the Army's M16A1 rifles, and prototypes were already made to convert them to several variants. Among them are as follows:
- M16A1 (enhanced), which retains M16A1 features but uses M16A2 furniture;
- Designated Marksman Rifle/Special Purpose Rifle (DMR/SPR) with an 18" barrel and optics and similar in concept to the US Navy's Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle;
- Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR) for the Special Operations Command with a 16" barrel and optics similar to the DMR/SPR rifle;
- Mid-Length Carbine with a 16" barrel, this type is slotted between the M4 and the M16;
- M16 Recon/SOF carbine with a 14.5" barrel similar to the M4;
- GA 10" Personal Defense Weapon (PDW), which uses a 10" barrel chambered to fire the GA-developed 7.62×37mm Musang round. For use on CQC and spec ops requirements.
Aside from the M16A1, the Government Arsenal will also be refurbishing or rebuilding the existing M14 battle rifles of the AFP, into either the M14 SOCOM 16 battle rifle similar to the Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 rifle, the M14 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) which similar to the US Marine Corps' Designated Marksman Rifle; and to the Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) which is similar to the US Navy's Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle.
There are also acquisition programs for Designated Marksman Rifles, the latest (Lot 8) being 6 units awarded to local distributor Nashe Enterprises. No definite information whether what type of rifle was ordered.
As part of the Horizon 1 phase of the RAFPMP under Republic Act 10349, the Philippine Army acquired 4,464 night fighting equipment from Turkish defense company Aselsan A.S.,consisting of 4,464 Aselsan A100 night vision monoculars, 4,464 Aselsan infrared aiming devices, and hundreds of laser zeroing devices. The Philippine Army received the first tranche delivery in 2016, with Aselsan delivering all 4,464 sets within 2017.
There is also a requirement for Thermal Imaging Devices, which are planned for acquisition within the Horizon 1 phase of the RAFPMP. Turkish defense company Aselsan A.S. again won the public tender for 10 Long Range and 48 Medium Range Clip-On Weapon Mounted Thermal Sights, and 10 Long Range and 48 Medium Range Thermal Imaging Cameras.
The Philippine Army also had several acquisitions through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) acquisition program with the US government as part of the AFPMP RA 7898. Among them include 2,884 units 40mm Grenade Launchers divided into 2 phases of 2,200 and 684 units, both of which delivered within 2017. Another is the acquisition of 1,129 units of RPG-7 under the Rocket Launcher Light acquisition project in 2 phases of 355 and 774 units under both the AFPMP RA 7898 and Horizon 1 phase of the RAFPMP RA 10349; The US tapped Bulgarian arms manufacturer Arsenal JSCo. to supply 250 units of their ATGL-L derivative of the RPG-7, which were fully delivered in 2017. The 2nd batch of 774 units is still under procurement stage.
The DND has recently awarded an US$18 million contract to Harris Corporation to supply Harris Falcon III tactical vehicular radios and intercom systems for the Philippine Army's Mechanized Infantry Division (formerly Light Armor Division). The contract composed of RF-7800V Combat Net Radios and RF-7800I Intercom Systems to be installed of the MID's armored and support vehicles.
The Philippine Army will also acquire more Falcon-series tactical radios from Harris under a FMS deal with the US government, with a requirement for 62 100W base radios, 520 20W man-pack radios, and 1,376 5W hand-held radios under the AFPMP RA 7898 already awarded in 2014. Another set of orders is expected under RAFPMP RA 10349, with an additional 60 units 50W HF vehicular radios and 1,446 5W hand-held radios.
54 units of 60mm mortars are being acquired through an FMS deal with the US government as part of the AFPMP RA 7898.
6 units of 155mm towed howitzers, as part of a larger order with the Philippine Marine Corps, is expected to be awarded within 2015 after Elbit Systems Land & C4I was declared the single calculated bidder.
The Army will be acquiring 60 new Field Ambulances under an G2G deal with the Korean government. It is expected that Kia's KM451 Field Ambulance will be chosen since the PA has recently acquired the several units in the past. The order is then confirmed, with the DND releasing a Notice to Proceed to South Korea's KIA Motors Corp. in October 2015.
As part of the Horizon 1 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program, the US government provided 114 M113A2 tracked armored personnel carriers from Excess Defense Article (EDA) stocks for the Philippine Army under the US Military Assistance Program. These were refurbished, fitted with new machine guns and radios, and were commissioned with the Mechanized Infantry Division on February 4, 2016.
Another project under the Horizon 1 phase involved the acquisition of 28 M113A2+ tracked armored vehicles was awarded to Elbit Systems Land & C4I, which involved the delivery of 14 M113A2+ Fire Support Vehicles with 76mm low pressure gun mounted on L23A1 turret transplanted from retired Scorpion CRVT, 4 M113A2+ Infantry Fighting Vehicles with an Elbit UT25 25mm unmanned turret, 6 Armored Personnel Carriers armed with an Elbit Dragon 12.7mm RCWS, and 4 Armored Recovery Vehicles. The APC variants were delivered in 2015, the IFV and ARV variants in 2016, and the FSV variants experienced integration issues and were delayed, although all were completely delivered by 2017.
As part of the Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program, the Philippine Army is also embarking on the modernization and firepower upgrade for 49 of its M113A2, as talks are underway with Elbit Systems Land & C4I negotiating for the works which include uparming 44 M113A2 with the Elbit Dragon 12.7mm RCWS, and 5 M113A2 to armored mortar carriers armed with an Elbit Soltam Cardom 81mm mortar.
Also part of the Horizon 2 phase involves the acquisition of light or medium tanks. A total of 44 light tanks are being considered, with both 8x8 wheeled and tracked variants being discussed with several manufacturers from Europe, Turkey, South Korea and Israel.
The Philippine Army is also considering either the upgrade of several dozens of Simba and V-150 4x4 armored vehicles, or the acquisition of new 6x6 or 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carriers armed with whatever fits the budget allocated, preferably a 30mm cannon in an unmanned turret.
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