The Department of National Defense (DND) has signed a contract with Israel’s Elbit Systems Land and C4I (Elbit) to implement the Philippine Army’s M113 Armored Mortar Carrier acquisition project, MaxDefense Philippines said.
MaxDefense noted that this project is part of the Second Horizon of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program running from 2018 to 2022.
The project has an approved budget for contract (ABC) of PhP1,094,570,175.00. “Since it is a G2G (government-to-government) deal, it is expected that the overall cost of the project is almost equal, or equal to the ABC, as the deal was negotiated based on that amount, without looking too much on the Philippine pesos’ exchange rate,” MaxDefense said.
“As part of the contract, Elbit System will supply 15 Armored Mortar Carriers to the Philippine Army’s Mechanised Infantry Division,” MaxDefense said. “The main project is Elbit’s Soltam Cardom 120mm vehicle-mounted Recoil Mortar System.”
It added that also part of the deal is the platform where the Cardom mortars will be installed and the inclusion of Elbit Systems Combat NG Battlefield Management System.
MaxDefense added that Elbit Systems will also provide conversion 120mm barrels for the 5 earlier Soltam Cardom 81mm autonomous recoil mortar systems the Philippine Army ordered in January 2018.
More information regarding this acquisition project is available at http://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2019/02/philippine-army-proceeds-with-m113.html