The Philippine Army is now in the process of negotiating for used South Korean K136 Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). According to MaxDefense Philippines, South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) offered the MLRS to Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) as Excess Defense Articles (EDA) in 2017. The DND then relayed the offer to Philippine Army.
“After some considerations, the Philippine Army has formalized its interest to the offer, and the DND confirmed the PA’s interest by August 2017 to its South Korean counterparts,” MaxDefense said.
It added that by March 2018, 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.
“Based on MaxDefense’s information, the Philippine Army is scheduled, or may have already conducted the Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) which is a requirement by law for any transfer or acquisition of equipment from foreign sources. This is to determine if the weapons/systems being proposed for transfer or acquisition are feasible,” MaxDefense added.
MaxDefense noted that though the rocket artillery system will be donated, the Philippines may need to spend for transportation, spare parts, refurbishment, and ammunition.
More information regarding this possible acquisition can be found at: http://maxdefense.blogspot.com.au/2018/05/philippine-army-negotiates-to-acquire.html