Israel’s Elbit among possible bidders in 81mm mortar project for PHL Marines

The Department of National Defense (DND) has answered queries regarding the Mortars Acquisition Project – Lot 2 (81mm) for Philippine Navy (Marines) from three firms which include Hafid N’ Erasmus Corporation, Firepower Defense Contractor Inc, and Israeli firm Elbit Systems.

Queries made by the above mentioned possible bidders were answered by the DND in a supplemental bid bulletin (SBB NR DND-PN-MAP-81mm-19-01).

The project, involving 30 units 81mm mortar and 40 sets ballistic computer, has an approved budget for contract (ABC) of PHP185,891,600.00 to be sourced from PHP694,452,000.00 allocated to also acquire 60mm and 120mm mortars for the Philippine Navy-Philippine Marine Corps.

Bid opening is scheduled on August 27, 2019.

“Lessons learned from previous encounters prompted the Corps to pursue the need to employ a mortar system in order to have the capability to easily provide the necessary combat power for the Marine Rifle Company in support of its units waiting for, or in absence of the Battalion combat support,” says in the description under the Technical Specification of the project.

“Another reason is that apart from being vintage, the current 81mm mortar system in the PMC (Philippine Marine Corps) inventory have been used overtime which makes its quality no longer the same as it was before,” it says.

“Technological advancement is also a prime factor that was considered for this procurement.”

“The advent of the Ballistic Computer will enable our mortar crews to react faster than the manual computation which gives the end user a quick and responsive indirect fire support,” it adds.