Monday, January 25, 2010

Philippine Army acquires Upgraded Armored Personnel Carriers

Upgraded APC M113 (photo :
As part of the AFP Modernization Program, the Philippine Army acquires six Upgraded Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) which were formally turned over and subsequently commissioned to it in a ceremony at the General Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City today.

The Undersecretary for Finance and Armed Forces Modernization Affairs, USEC Antonio L Romero II graced the Turn-Over and Commissioning Ceremony of the Upgraded APC M113 as Guest of Honor and Speaker, with the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the Philippines, His Excellency Adnan Basaga as special guest. Also present was Army Chief Lt Gen Delfin N Bangit.

The Upgraded APC M113 Acquisition Project was programmed to increase equipment fill-up and operational readiness of Light Armor Division of the Philippine Army. It aims to improve the operational readiness through an increased equipment fill-up of the Light Armor Units, and to extend its life cycle for another 15 years and improve its capabilities and performance in terms of mobility, firepower, communication, survivability and maintainability. The APC M113 is envisioned to be an armored fighting vehicle, multi-purpose, armor-protected vehicle for ground operations and troop insertion.

The upgrading of the APC M113 armored vehicle was in line with RA 7898 otherwise known as the AFP Modernization Act enacted on February 23, 1996. The acquisition of the Upgraded APC M113 underwent a process of public bidding and the contract was subsequently awarded to the FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, a Turkish company.

According to Lt Gen Bangit, this latest acquisition is a big boost to the armor asset of the Philippine Army. This would be deployed in priority areas of the country.

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