The Department of National Defense (DND) has launched the acquisition process for 81mm mortars as part of the Mortars (60mm, 81mm and 120mm) Acquisition Project for the Philippine Navy under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.
The mortars to be acquired under this acquisition project will be used by the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC). This acquisition will include Ballistic Computers.
DND said the advent of the Ballistic Computer will enable Marine mortar crews to react faster than the manual computation which gives the end user a quick and responsive indirect fire support.
According to DND, 80mm mortars are principally used against traditional threats to our national security such as local secessionist groups, terrorist and other lawless elements which are equally armed with high caliber weapons, rocket propelled grenades (RPG), sniper rifles and similar crew-served weapons which makes the mortar unit of the rifle company susceptible and vulnerable to heavy volumes of fires, both direct and indirect.
“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,” DND said.
It added that another reason is that apart from being vintage, the current 81mm mortar system in the PMC inventory have been used overtime which makes its quality no longer the same as it was before.
“Technological advancement is also a prime factor that was considered for this procurement,” it added.
The DND will be holding the Pre-Bid Conference on August 13, 2019 for this 81mm Mortar acquisition project with approved budget for contract of PHP185,891,600.00. Bid opening is scheduled on August 27, 2019.