Philippine military orders armored amphibious combat earthmover from Turkey

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is acquiring Armored Amphibious Combat Earthmover (AACE) from Turkish defense firm FNSS, Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

FNSS CEO Nail Kurt told Anadolu that the deal was signed with Philippine military.

“They need similar products. In this process, we may sign new contracts,” Kurt added.

According to FNSS’ website, AACE is an amphibious, armored, tracked, combat earthmover; designed for the preparation of river banks during river crossing missions. It is capable of performing bulldozing, rough grading, excavating, hauling, and scraping operations.

“As compared to standard heavy-duty vehicles; AACE has the capability to take in ballast from the soil ground to its ballast canister, when necessary the vehicle is also capable of discharging its ballast canister at the end of the operation. In standard heavy-duty vehicles, the dozer blade is hydraulically operated while the vehicle is stable,” FNSS said.