PHL Navy to possibly receive 76mm Oto Melara compact naval gun via US EDA

The Philippine Navy may receive a 76mm Oto Melara compact naval gun from United States through Excess Defense Articles (EDA) Program.

“It appears that the Philippine Navy is in line to receive a 76mm Oto Melara Compact naval gun from US EDA,” MaxDefense Philippines said June 24 adding that the said naval gun “might be bound for one of the Tarlac-class landing platform dock.”

“The request appears to have been already made and is being processed by the US government for approval. Its highly possible that the gun might have been previously installed on an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, many of which were already retired and scrapped / disposed off by the US Navy,” MaxDefense said.

According to US government, excess defense articles are US Department of Defense and US Coast Guard-owned articles no longer needed and declared excess by the US Armed Forces. 

“This excess equipment may be offered at reduced or no cost to eligible foreign recipients on an “as is, where is” basis in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives,” the US government says.