GOOD NEWS: PH Army to own first "real and modern tanks" by year-end - AFP

GOOD NEWS: PH Army to own first "real and modern tanks" by year-end - AFP


The Philippine Army (PA) will receive its own ‘gift” this Christmas.


And here we are thinking that only the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the Philippine Navy (PN) are the only ones having a muvh delayed equipment upgrade.


The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that the Philippine Army would now for the first time have and operate its own “real and “modern tanks in the postwar era.”

The AFP is expecting the delivery this month of the 20 Israeli tanks that would be turned over to the Philippine Army’s Division based on Camp O’Donnell in Capas town, Tarlac province.


Col. Anthon Abrina, the Armor Division’s chief of staff, said the military purchased from Israel the Sabrah Ascod light tanks mounted with 105-millimeter guns, Pandur II Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) with 105-mm cannons and APCs armed with automated 120-mm carriers, as part of the ongoing AFP modernization program.


“Ito ’yung tangke talaga (These are real tanks). What we have now in our inventory are APCs” mounted with low-caliber firearms, Abrina said.


From left, the Sabrah Ascod tank is based on the tracked ASCOD platform manufactured by General Dynamics European Land Systems, and on the wheeled Pandur II vehicle.
(photo credit to ower) 

Upgrade for Territorial Defense



The Sabrah Ascod light tanks are mounted with heavier-caliber firearms that were similar to the weapons that the AFP used during the five-month siege and retaking of Marawi City from Islamic State-aligned terrorists in 2017, he added.Lt. Col. Zam Taguba, public affairs officer of the Armor Division, also explained that while the Army only has APCs, these were categorized as tanks as these were mounted with weapons.


“Those that are arriving will be the first light tanks for the whole Armed Forces because its deployment would be more [centered] on territorial defense,” he said in a phone interview on Sunday. The current inventory of APCs are for internal security operations, he added.


“Currently we have more than 400 APCs of different variants like Simba Fighting Vehicle, V150 commando, Armored Infantry Fighting vehicle, and the M113 A1 and A2. The Sabrah Ascod and Pandur light tanks are the first modern tanks we will have postwar era,” Taguba added.


For 2022, the PA is expecting its six-wheeled armored vehicles to replace the military’s four-wheeled tanks, Abrina said.


Top Army officers visited Israel this month to see the weapons being made available to the country, he said. “We know Israel produces advanced and state-of-the-art [weapon] systems,” Abrina said.



Ten (10) more light tanks are set to arrive by 2023, Abrina said.





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