US donates ‘Smart Weapons’ to the Philippines

US donates ‘Smart Weapons’ to the Philippines


The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as whole got a shot in the arm because of the donation of the much sought modern weapons/munitions from the United States of America (USA).

The defense articles were received by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. in a ceremonial turn over attended by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy, and National Defense Assistant Secretary Teodoro Cirilo T. Torralba III.

“On behalf of President Trump – I am pleased to transfer package of precision guided munitions including 100 TOW 2A missiles, 12 ITAS, 24 Mk 82,” O’Brien said during the ceremony.

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“The delivery of the defense articles is in fulfilment of President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during a phone call in April 2020 in support of the Philippines’ counterterrorism efforts,”DFA said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs received from US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien a precision-guided munition package to the Philippines worth US$18 million (around PHP868 million).

Some of the weapons handed over include 100 “tube-launched optically tracked, wire-guided” TOW-2A missiles, 12 improved target acquisition systems (ITAS), and 24 Mark-82 bombs and associated guidance kits to convert these into smart bombs.



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