On May 28, MaxDefense Philippines revealed that the Philippine Army is in the process of negotiating for used South Korean K136 Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS).
In an update released this month, MaxDefense said it received confirmation that the Philippine Army already completed inspection and evaluation of the K136 Kooryong MLRS.
“Based on information we received, the Philippine Army was satisfied with the units that will be provided. They also completed their evaluation of the MLRS’ purpose, the capability of the Philippine Army to acquire the ammunition, spare parts, and logistics support for the type, and in determining what capabilities it would be adding to the Philippine Army,” MaxDefense said.
According to MaxDefense, the next step includes securing funding for the transfer which will be used for “paying for the minor repair works, transportation from Korea to the Philippines, and purchasing the required ammunition from South Korean ammo suppliers or manufacturers.”
MaxDefense said in May that South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) offered the MLRS to the Department of National Defense (DND) as Excess Defense Articles (EDA) last year. The DND then relayed the offer to Philippine Army.
It added that in March, the DND confirmed that the Philippine Army is interested on an initial battalion of K136 Kooryong MLRS in the 130mm caliber, which is 18 units for 3 batteries of 6 firing units plus associated support vehicles and items.
More information regarding this possible acquisition can be found at: http://maxdefense.blogspot.com.au/2018/05/philippine-army-negotiates-to-acquire.html