Five M113A2 armored personnel carriers (APCs) upgraded by Israel’s Elbit Systems Land & C4I were confirmed to be delivered and deployed to Jolo, Sulu.
The arrival of the said APCs in Jolo, Sulu through Philippine Navy’s Bacolod City-class logistics support vessel BRP Bacolod City (LS-550) was recorded on video by GMA News’ Raffy Tima.
MaxDefense said that in 2017, the Department of National Defense (DND) entered a PHP1.051 billion worth of contract with Elbit for “upgrade of 44 units of existing M113A2 armored personnel carriers of the Mechanized Infantry Division by equipping them with a new Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), and converting 5 existing M113A2 APCs to Armored Mortar Carriers.”
“Both upgrades will include installation of battlefield computers connected to a networked system as part of the PA’s C4ISTAR system,” MaxDefense added.
MaxDefense noted that according to information it received “Elbit will supply the already proven Dragon Overhead Remote Controlled Weapon Station (ORCWS) mounted with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun, which already proved its worth during the Battle of Marawi in 2017, and in other skirmishes on operations against terrorists groups.”
The first five upgraded APCs are part of initial delivery of 17 units. “Twelve (12) other units, which were part of the 17 units for first batch delivery, will be handed-over to the Mechanized Infantry Division this coming June 2019,” MaxDefense said.
“Elbit Systems will deliver the rest of the 27 units with RCWS in 2 more batches, with all expected to be delivered to the PA MID before the end of 2019,” it added.