PHL signs amendment for Russian RPG deal

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said that last week the Philippines and Russia “worked out and signed an amendment to our agreement to procure rocket propelled grenade launchers and ammunition.”

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National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Director General of JSC Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev signed the deal for supply and delivery of RPG-7V grenade launchers and ammunition in October 2017 at the sidelines of 4th ASEAN Defence Ministers-Plus Meeting in in Clark, Pampanga.

“The amendment settled the issue of bank charges which will now be shouldered by Russia without any changes in price and quantity,” Sorreta said.

The envoy said this is the first time Philippines is procuring Russian weapons.

“Both sides had to get a better appreciation of each other’s procurement laws, rules and practices. These RPG launchers and ammunition will soon be in the hands of our soldiers,” he added.

He added that he was informed by Philippine military officials that there are different types of ammunition for the RPGs.

“One of particular interest in urban warfare is the ability to unleash an anti-personnel thermobaric warhead through a concrete wall and into a room without necessarily injuring those in nearby rooms and also without bringing down the house or building,” he said.

“Any future procurement from Russia will be based on what was learned through this first contract. Procurement will only be made if the terms and conditions are the most favorable that the Philippines can get from any supplier,” he added.