The Department of National Defense (DND) has awarded the contract for the Department of National Defense (DND)-Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s Light Armor System Upgrade (LARSU) Acquisition Project to Indian defense firm Larsen & Toubro Limited based in Mumbai, India.
“This is to inform you that the proposal of Larsen & Toubro Limited for the Light Armor System Upgrade (LARSU) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force, with a corresponding contract price in the amount of seven hundred eleven million five hundred forty-two thousand eight hundred eighty nine pesos (PHP711,542,889) is hereby accepted,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in the Notice of Award (NOA) dated August 6.
According to the bidding documents, the Philippine Marine Corps has come up with this project in order to enhance the operational readiness of line units.
It added that Light Armor Vehicles (LAVs) have “proven effective in the conduct of armor combat support in amphibious and mechanized operations ashore.”
“The importance of light armored assets in urban security operations is clearly manifested in the recent Zamboanga Peninsula and Marawi Siege. However, uncontrollable factors such as old modeled engine, deterioration of major parts/assemblies compounded by the unavailability of spare parts and out-modeled target acquisition systems have resulted to the decrease of its effectiveness,” added that in the bidding documents.