SHAH ALAM: The Joneses…The Philippines Army has taken delivery of 15 armoured mortar carriers and a dozen or so 155mm self propelled howitzers on the eve of the new year. Both the mortar carriers and SPH were procured from Elbit Systems of Israel as part of the Philippine Army (PA) modernisation project.
The PA announced the delivery of the mortar carriers on its Facebook page on January 10. The release stated:
The Philippine Army, through its Armor Division, has acquired a newly delivered 15 M125A2 Armored Mortar Carrier (AMC) equipped with 120mm Mounted Mortar System (MMS) from Israel’s Elbit Systems on December 29, 2021.
The newly delivered 15 AMCs are for inspection within the first quarter of the year by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) before acceptance and employment to the Army’s field units.
The new AMCs are part of the Philippine Army modernization project that will capacitate the country’s land force’s credible defence posture from various threats, local and international.
Meanwhile Shephard News reported also January 10 that the PA took delivery of a dozen or so ATMOS 155mm SPH on December 28, 2021. It says :
A shipment of a dozen ATMOS 2000 155mm L/52 truck-mounted howitzers from Israel arrived by ship at Subic Bay in the Philippines on 28 December 2021.
Shephard viewed photos of the vehicles upon their arrival in Subic Bay, showing the howitzers mounted on MAN 6×6 truck chassis with a four-door armoured cab. Also present in the delivery were MAN support vehicles such as for ammunition resupply
The PA is now the second operator of the Atmos SPH in Asean after the Royal Thai Army. Another Asia Pacific army has ordered Elbit Systems Sigma SPH it was announced last November. The contract is valued at US$106 million.
Both the mortar carriers and SPH were ordered by the Philippines via a government-to-government deal.
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