US donation of ‘Smart Weapons’ To Aid AFP's Efforts vs. Terrorists

US donation of ‘Smart Weapons’ To Aid AFP's Efforts vs. Terrorists


The arrival of the ‘smart weapons’ is very much time especially now that the government is in hot pursuit of all the enemies of the State- most specially terrorist that threatens the peace and stability of the country.

“These smart munitions with such capability and precision will aid immensely the AFP in ridding the country of terrorist menaces,” AFP spokesperson Marine Major Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement.

The AFP was successful in the Marawi siege using ordinary munitions using Legacy aircrafts, the arrival of these new weapons will greatly boost the efforts of the government troops in defeating all the threats against the nation.

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“We may have been successful in counter-terrorism operations—most notably in Marawi —with ordinary munitions fitted in our legacy aircraft. But with the advent of these missiles and munitions, we are certain that they will greatly boost our campaigns and contribute to the global drive to fight and defeat terrorists,” Arevalo said.

He added that AFP chief-of-staff, Gen. Gilbert Gapay, has also expressed his thanks to the US and Philippines defense departments for brokering and sealing this deal.

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. 

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).

 

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