US delivers 40 mortars to Philippine Army

The Philippine Army received 40 units of mortars it purchased from the United States on Sunday, March 3, Philippine Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon P. Zagala said.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, the mortars delivered are M224 60mm lightweight infantry mortar. MaxDefense noted that the project was funded through the old 1995-2010 AFP Modernization Program RA7898 with additional funds added to the original budget allocated in 2012.

“The purchase of mortars through the Army modernization fund upgrades our weapons systems and capabilities for the Philippine Army to better perform its mission to secure the land,” Lieutenant Colonel Zagala said as quoted Manila Bulletin.

US, Philippine Marines setup an M224 60 mm mortar system during Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 in Crow Valley, Philippines, Oct. 2, 2015. US Marines photo

The US government also provided 80 assault rifles as grant.

“The Philippine Army expresses its gratitude to the U.S. government in granting the assault rifles that will greatly improve the fighting skills of our frontline troops,” Zagala added.