Philippines to purchase 28 Israeli armored vehicles with Elbit Systems ₱882-Million contract

Illustrative photo of Israeli armored vehicles. (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90/File)

Deal signed last week states that Elbit Systems will provide AFVs within two years

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Philippines is set to acquire 28 light armored vehicles from Israel at a total price of 882-Million or $19.7 million US Dollar.

The purchase was agreed upon last week after a contract was signed between representatives of both the DND and the IDF, the Philippines News Agency reported.

The armored vehicles will be supplied by the Israeli weapons company Elbit Systems.

The report further stated that 14 of the 28 armored vehicles will be equipped with 76 mm artillery cannons with night vision systems and fire control systems.

Velez declined to divulged the vehicles' specifications citing security reasons during the interview.

Six additional vehicles will be used for transportation, four will be used for infantry support, and four more are designed to help evacuate wounded soldiers or damaged vehicles from the battlefield, the report said.

He said that four of the 28 armored vehicles are recovery models to be used to tow damaged units and those incapacitated in the battlefield.

Fourteen of the new acquisitions, meanwhile, will be used as fire support vehicles equipped with 76mm cannons taken from decommissioned vehicles.

The vehicles are expected to be supplied to the Philippines within two years and are expected to be completed by January 2015.

The Philippine Army is so far equipped with 343 armored fighting vehicles for its 10 infantry divisions.

The 28 armored infantry fighting vehicles are among the department's planned acquisitions this year for the Army. The list includes a shore-launched anti-ship missile system, various grenade launchers, 155mm Towed Howitzers and a few other trucks. The Times of Israel / philStar

 

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