The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved and released on April 19, 2021 a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) with amount of PHP835,128,700.00 for the 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer Acquisition Project for Philippine Army.
DBM said the SARO will “cover the funding requirements for the 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army under the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.”
The DBM, in December 2019, also released a SARO with amount of PHP339,867,865.00 to cover the 15% advance payment for the said project.
In early second quarter of 2020, MaxDefense Philippines said the Department of National Defense (DND) has released the Notice to Proceed (NTP) for the acquisition of self-propelled artillery from Israeli company Elbit Systems Land & C4I.
In preparation for the arrival of self-propelled artillery, the Philippine Army has activated 2 field artillery batteries under the Army Artillery Regiment (AAR).
The Army said field artillery batteries will help in troop maneuver to destroy, neutralize, and suppress the enemies through its fire support to maneuver units.