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Saturday, April 4, 2020

As Philippine Air Force moves away from the OV-10 Bronco as CAS Aircraft, What's Next?

The recent news posted by American civilian defense contractor Blue Air Training early this week of their acquisition of several surplus Rockwell OV-10D+ and OV-10G Broncos to beef up their fleet was the proof MaxDefense Philippines has been waiting to come out. 

This further supported our report last January 2020 that the Philippine Air Force's plan to acquire the OV-10G Broncos from the US National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA) appears to have been cancelled.

Two of the newly acquired OV-10D+ Bronco of Blue Air Training. Photo taken from Blue Air Training's Facebook page.

Cancellation of OV-10A/G Procurement:

It would be remembered that the US government, through NASA was looking for ways to dispose its fleet of OV-10A and OV-10G Broncos, together with several million dollars worth of spare parts. And it was proposed for the aircraft and parts to be transferred to the only US ally still operating the aircraft type - the Philippines.

The OV-10G+ Combat Dragon II Broncos when in service with the US Air Force. Credits to original source of photo.
Part of the agreement is for the aircraft and spare parts to be given for free as a donation under the US Military Assistance Program. But like any other donation, part of the deal is for the Philippines to shoulder the rehabilitation of the aircraft, sending personnel to the US for training and other purposes, and to pay for the logistics and transport of the items from NASA's storeyard to the Philippines.

The amount payable after donation was said to be less than Php200 million, which means that the Philippine Air Force can actually take care of the deal without requiring the Department of National Defense (DND) to act on it and provide funding. The PAF was to instead use its own annual funding to pay for the costs.

A PAF OV-10 Bronco being prepared for an air operation. Credits to original source of the photo.

But for some reason, MaxDefense sources mentioned that the PAF appears to have failed to meet the financial obligations on time, considering NASA was in a hurry to dispose the aircraft and parts. As usual, the slow action by the Philippine side may have costed the deal from becoming successful.

Up until December 2019, MaxDefense was told that the chances of it proceeding as planned has become very low based on the Philippine Air Force's lack of action to send people to the US for anything related to the deal, and on lack of signs that a transfer is taking place.This was why MaxDefense posted about the impending cancellation after the New Year.

Now with Blue Air Training confirming that they acquired not just the OV-10Gs (only 2 of which are available globally), it means this project of PAF acquiring them is indeed dead.

Blue Air Training also confirmed to have acquire several OV-10D+ from other sources, aside from the OV-10G from NASA. Photo of OV-10D+ Bronco taken from Blue Air Training's Facebook page.

Current situation of the PAF's OV-10 Bronco fleet:

The Philippine Air Force's OV-10 Bronco fleet is currently grounded. None are flying for several months now. although the PAF is using the time to keep the fleet in the best condition possible as it plans to make them fly again by mid 2020.

Originally when acquisition of the OV-10A/G Broncos and spare parts from NASA was pushed, the plan was for the Philippine Air Force to continue flying the Broncos until 2024, together with the new Embraer A-29B Super Tucano aircraft that it is receiving soon. The Super Tucanos will replace the SF-260TP armed trainers of the 17th Attack Squadron, which will receive the A-29B Super Tucanos, which will be transferred to other units as combat trainers. While the PAF orders for more Super Tucanos, the Broncos will continue performing close air support and ground attack missions.

A PAF OV-10 Bronco with an Enhanced Paveway II precision guided munition. Photo taken from Military Porn @ Reddit.

But the failure of the Philippine Air Force to secure the needed spare parts to keep the fleet means that these plans won't proceed.

Instead of the above plans, the PAF will fly the OV-10A/C Broncos together with the A-29B Super Tucanos in a single squadron, while the SF-260TP armed trainers will remain in service as a combat asset.

And due to the lack of spare parts needed to fly the Bronco fleets for several more years, it is anticipated by MaxDefense that the aircraft will be flown as long as the PAF can sustain them, most likely by either late 2021 or early 2022.

A PAF OV-10 Bronco dropping a bomb during the Battle of Marawi in 2017. Photo taken from Reuters.

New Plan Ahead:

With the OV-10 Bronco expected to retire from service earlier than planned, the Philippine Air Force appears to be looking ahead with a new plan.

The Philippine Air Force has started pushing for the acquisition of additional Embraer A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft to fill the numbers gap, adding to the 6 units already in service by then.

One of the Philippine Air Force's A-29B Super Tucano undergoing flight tests in Brazil last year. Photo taken from and credited to Leonardo Santana.

The goal is to have the National government approve an acquisition program for new A-29B Super Tucanos, numbering between 6 to 12 additional units under the 2nd List of Horizon 2 phase, which comprises projects outside the original Horizon 2 priority phase that are lined up in case the government can spare the AFP Modernization with more funding aside from the Php300 billion worth already approved in 2018.

The additional orders will increase the fleet size to between 12 to 18 aircraft, which is the optimum range for number of aircraft in a combat squadron.

One of the A-29B Super Tucano attack aircraft of the Afghan Air Force. Photo taken from National Interest.

This could cost between Php6 to Php12 billion, which is a hefty sum considering the Philippine government may have difficulty making this possible due to the devastation on the Philippine economy as an aftereffect of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

MaxDefense believes that the crisis would affect the Philippine economy until 2022, which means that the chances of having the 2nd List of Horizon 2 phase program to happen has significantly become less likely.

A-29B Super Tucano aircraft of the Lebanese Air Force. Photo taken from Lebanese Air Force.

Now What?

Whether or not the request for funding for additional Super Tucanos pushes through, it still remains to be seen if the government will approve such request.

MaxDefense now believes that the PAF leadership may have made a judgement error, considering the Covid-19 pandemic was something nobody would have probably expected. MaxDefense believes that if the pandemic was foreseen by the PAF leadership, it is highly possible that it could have pushed hard to have the OV-10A/G Bronco and spare parts acquisition happen.

But this all moot now. All we can look forward is that the PAF has a serious plan to beef up its light attack aircraft assets when the opportunity comes. And since the PAF is already a future operator of the A-29B Super Tucano, acquiring additional units in the future won't be an issue in terms of the ability of the service to accept and transition to the aircraft.

An A-29B Super Tucano demonstrator dropping a Paveway laser guided bomb during tests. Photo taken from US Air Force.

Project Summary:

OV-10 Bronco Aircraft and Spare Parts Transfer Project

Note: Edited as of 04 April 2020.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (15th Strike Wing)

* Quantity: 4 used OV-10 aircraft, millions of dollars worth of OV-10 spare parts

* Modernization Phase: Special Project within Horizon 2 phase timeline

* Project ABC:
 ~US$2 million ++

Acquisition Mode: US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program

* Source of Funding: PAF 2018-2019 GAA

* SARO Release: N/A

* Winning Proponent: TBA

Product for Delivery:
      - 2 units used OV-10G+ Combat Dragon Bronco aircraft

      - 2 units used OV-10A Bronco aircraft
      - 1 lot OV-10 spare parts worth millions of USD.

* Contract Price: 

* First post by MaxDefense: 
24 February 2018

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAFOV10TransferProject

* Status: Procurement CANCELLED. Aircraft instead acquired by American civilian defense contractor Blue Air Training.


Close Air Support Aircraft (Phase 2) Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 04 April 2020.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (15th Strike Wing)

* Quantity: unconfirmed, estimated to be between 6 to 12 units

* Modernization Phase: Proposed under the 2nd List oHorizon 2 Phase Projects of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: unconfirmed, MaxDefense estimates to be between Php6 billion to Php12 billion.

* Contract Price: TBC

* Difference between ABC and Contract Price: TBC

* Expected Delivery: TBC

* Acquisition Mode: TBC, expected to be Government-to-Government between Philippine and Brazilian governments.

* Source of Funding: TBC

* SARO Release: TBC

* First post by MaxDefense: 04 April 2020

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAFCASAPhase2Acquisition

* Status: Proposed to be included as part of 2nd List of Horizon 2 phase, still for approval to start procurement process.

First posted and released on 04 April 2020
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Philippine Army received upgraded M14 marksman rifles from Jordan

The assistance provided by the Kingdom of Jordan to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is expected to be very useful to its fight against terrorism and other threats to the Filipino people.

So far, the government has been able to declare two items that they received from the Jordanian government: the two Bell AH-1S Cobra attack helicopters, and an Al-Sater assault vehicle which MaxDefense reported last August 2019.

So far, another proposal from the Jordanian government was for the donation of up to 60 M113 armored vehicles, which until now has not been exercised.

But it turns out that there could be more grants that the Jordanian government may have offered to the Philippine government, as MaxDefense received information late last year of a grant that the AFP received.

In this case, the Philippine Army was said to benefit from the delivery of a few hundreds of upgraded M14 7.62x51mm rifles from Jordan, which are previously used by the Royal Jordanian Army.

Credits to original source of photo.

Upgraded M14 7.62mm marksman rifles

According to information received by MaxDefense from Philippine Army sources, they received several hundred units of upgraded M14 7.62x51mm NATO battle rifles from Jordan late last year.

The rifles were already upgraded to a configuration similar to the Mk. 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) upgrade as previously used by the US Special Operations Command.

The Mk. 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle upgrade is essentially an M14 battle rifle with modifications made according to the requirements of the US Navy SEALs. Depending on the variant, either it uses the standard 22" barrel, or a shorter 18" barrel bolted to a telescopic chassis stock system made by Sage International.

Added with the telescopic chassis stock system were Picatinny accessory rails, a pistol grip, upgraded front sight, a bipod and a new flash hider.

The Mk. 14 EBR. Photo taken from Guns and Ammo.

The chassis is made mostly of lightweight alloy similar to those used in aircraft, reducing the overall weight of the rifle. The availability of the Picatinny rails allows the use of different optics including nigh vision scopes, or the use of two different optic systems.

Different builders made their own variants of the EBR, with changes on the chassis design, pistol grip, butt stock, flash hider, barrel lengths and brands, front and rear sights, optic systems, and many others. But the design remains similar to the base model.

Several manufacturers have introduced their own version of the Mk. 14 EBR, which even includes US-based FERFRANS which is owned by Filipino Americans, calling their variant the SOPMOD M14/M1A EBR.

Even FERFRANS has its own M14 EBR-type upgrade called the SOPMOD M14/M1A EBR. Photo taken from Defense Review.

Other countries also adapted an M14 upgrade program similar to the Mk.14 EBR model, with the Jordan among those who took interest to upgrade their existing inventory of M14 battle rifles.

Jordanian M14 EBR Rifles:

The Kingdom of Jordan received thousands of used M14 7.62x51mm battle rifles as excess defense articles from the US government. Most went to the Royal Jordanian Army (RJA) and used for a variety of purposes including as designated marksman rifles.

Like the M14s used by the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps, the M14 has become too old, heavy and cumbersome compared to most modern assault and marksman rifles. Thus, the RJA turned into converting their M14s into something similar to the Mk. 14 Enhanced Battle Rifles.

No quantities were confirmed but apparently the RJA converted a few thousand of their M14s into something similar to the Mk. 14 EBR. These were used as marksman or sniper rifles within the RJA, until they were ultimately replaced by the DPMS Panther Arms LR308 5.56x45mm marksman / sniper rifle.

With the rifles just stored, a few hundreds of them found their way to the Philippines, after the Jordanian government offered them to the Philippine government as a grant, with approval from the US government being the original source of the weapons.

According to sources, the rifles arrived around 4th quarter of 2019, and will still be undergoing processes before distribution to frontline units.This would allow the Philippine Army to build up its division sniper companies, while taking out the old M14 rifles being utilized for DMR functions to undergo rehabilitation and upgrade.

Issues on the Mk.1 4 EBR:
While these assets would be useful, it would best noted why the US armed forces replaced these rifles with AR-10 based rifles like the Mk. 11 7.62mm rifle.

Apparently they are prone to shock due to the lightweight chassis, which could affect accuracy. But these rifles are not expected to be used roughly, considering most marksmen would be operating at a different tempo than regular infantrymen.

But this won't be an issue for the Philippine Army considering these are still far better than what they have, or than nothing at all.

As a temporary measure, the Mk. 14 EBRs would be able to fill up the marksman requirements while more newer rifles like the SIG716 G2 are acquired in the future.

Photo taken from Wikipedia.

The arrival of a huge amount of 7.62x51mm Mk.14 EBRs will definitely improve the Philippine Army's infantry and small unit capabilities, considering it is short on designated marksman rifles despite the recent arrival of new SIG Sauer SIG716 G2 7.62x51mm marksman rifles. A lot of the Philippine Army's existing M14 rifles will be given the necessary improvements or eventually retired from frontline service.

It remains to be seen though on when the Philippine Army would be able to show these newly acquired rifles, as it appears that they have not distributed it to frontline units yet despite word that some units are being tested by AFP Special Operations Command (AFPSOCOM) units.

First posted and released on 11 March 2020
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Philippine Army Finally Orders the ATMOS 155mm/52cal Self-Propelled Howitzer System from Elbit Systems

As Horizon 2 projects continue to move forward slowly, the Philippine Army has been able to push its projects forward faster than its other counterpart service branches in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In this case, it has achieved a major milestone again for its 155mm Howitzer, Self-Propelled System Acquisition Project, as 2020 started.

MaxDefense had extensive discussions in the past regarding this project, and we advice our readers to read these blog entries to have a background of the project, before proceeding with this new entry.

 "Philippine Army pushing for the Purchase of Israeli ATMOS 2000 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer" - first posted on 25 June 2013;

"PH Army to Acquire ATMOS SPH, Eyes MBDA Mistral & LIGNex1 Chiron SHORAD as it Activates 2 New Units" - first posted on 17 January 2020;

"155mm Howitzer, Self Propelled System Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army" - Resource page for the project, as posted in our extension @ Philippine Defense Resource.

The ATMOS 155mm/52cal wheeled self-propelled howitzer mobile firing unit during tests in Israel. Photo taken from Army Guide website.

Since our previous discussions, MaxDefense Philippines was able to receive further information about the project.

Additional Information on the Project:

It would be remembered that the recent interest of the Philippine Army on 155mm self-propelled howitzer systems started as early as 2012. This was when the Philippine Army released a Request for Information (RFI) to Israel's Soltam Systems (now part of Elbit Systems) regarding their ATMOS 2000 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) system.

During the pre-delivery tests of the M-71 155mm towed howitzers ordered by the Philippine Army and Philippine Marine Corps in 2017, Elbit Systems has already included demonstrations of the ATMOS 155mm/52cal Self Propelled Howitzers to the DASAT teams from both services. This photo was taken in the Negev Desert in Israel. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense by one of our sources.

In 2013, there was already strong support within the Philippine Army to acquire 2 or 3 batteries worth of ATMOS 2000 155mm SPH, but this failed to gain traction due to lack of funding from the national government.The Philippine Army adjusted their procurement programs according to the budget on hand, taking out the planned acquisition of 155mm wheeled SPH as part of the measures.

But interest on the project remained, and the Philippine Army even requested information from France's Nexter Systems for their CAmion Équipé d'un Système d'ARtillerie (CAESAR) 155mm wheeled SPH, which is in service with several of the Philippines' regional neighbors like Indonesia and Thailand, and competes directly with the Israeli ATMOS 2000.

While the ATMOS 2000 155mm SPH (top) was originally what the Philippine Army was interested in, they also made an evaluation on Nexter Systems' CAESAR 155mm SPH (above). In the end, the PA TWG decided to go with the ATMOS. Credits to original sources of the photos.

But during the evaluation period in preparation for its procurement under the Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program, it was found by the Philippine Army Technical Working Group (TWG) that offer made by Soltam Systems / Elbit Systems Land & C4I using the ATMOS was better in terms of performance, support and sustainment, pricing, and other reasons compared to the offer made by Nexter Systems with their CAESAR.

Compared to the CAESAR, the PA-TWG on the project found that the ATMOS was cheaper in terms of procurement and sustainment, and has greater support from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and the Philippine Army gains to benefit on technology transfer especially in localized support for the self-propelled howitzer systems and supporting equipment.

Updates on the Project for Early 2020:

It would be remembered that the decision of the DND during the start of the project implementation was to go for a Govenrment-to-Government (G2G) deal with the selected product's country of origin. With the PA TWG selecting the ATMOS 155mm/52cal wheeled SPH system and the Senior Defense and Military leaders approving the selection, the Department of National Defense (DND) proceeded with negotiations with the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

After passing the Post Qualification Inspection (PQI) last December 2019, and final negotiations on the deal's final contract terms and conditions and final pricing, the Department of National Defense - Bids and Awards Committee (DND-BAC) has finally released the Notice of Award (NOA) for the 155mm Howitzer, Self-Propelled System Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army to Israel's Elbit Systems Land & C4I, with a agreed contract price of around Php2.386 billion.

And aside from that, MaxDefense received confirmation from defense and military sources that the DND has also signed the contract for the project with Elbit Systems Land & C4I in late January 2020. It still remains to be confirmed if the Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been released, since this would be the basis of the proponent on the start of the countdown to the delivery deadline which is 730 days (2 years) from the release of NTP.

If NTP is released by February 2020, we could expect the completion of the project (full delivery) by February 2022, although it is expected that the deliveries will be made in tranches, allowing the Philippine Army's Army Artillery Regiment to receive the units earlier.

The ATMOS 155mm wheeled SPH for the Philippine Army is expected to use base truck platforms from Germany's MAN. Credits to original source of photo.

It was also confirmed that Elbit Systems Land & C4I may also use base truck platforms from Germany's MAN Trucks, which has a better service support network in the Philippines compared to the other platforms used by the system including those from Mercedes-Benz, Tatra of the Czech Republic, and TATA of India. In comparison, the ATMOS SPH used by the Royal Thai Army uses 8x8 trucks from Tatra.

The Philippine Army's Army Artillery Regiment has also activated two new Field Artillery Batteries, the 1st and 2nd Field Artillery (155mm, Self-Propelled) that will handle the operation and sustainment of these new equipment. Both batteries will be under the 1st 155mm Howitzer Battalion (Self-Propelled), which is expected to be activated on or before 2024.

Above is the development roadmap of the Army Artillery Regiment for their Self Propelled Howitzer capability. So far they were able to meet their milestones for 2019, and it appears that they might hit their milestone for 2024 at an earlier date. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense by a community member.

With the ATMOS 155mm/52cal wheeled self-propelled howitzer system entering the Philippine Army inventory soon, the service joins its regional peers in having the same system available. Among those countries in the ASEAN with a similar system include Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

Project Summary:

155mm Howitzer, Self Propelled System Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 02 February 2020.

* End User: Philippine Army (Army Artillery Regiment)

* Quantity: 2 batteries (12 mobile firing units + associated support systems)

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Phase Priority Projects of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: Php2,388,000,000.00

* Contract Price: Php2,386,082,313.81

* Difference between ABC and Contract Price: Php1,917,686.19

* Expected Delivery: 2 years from NTP release - February 2022

* Acquisition Mode: Government-to-Government (G2G) Procurement between the DND and Israel Ministry of Defense-SIBAT

* Source of Funding: From other sources, to be paid via Multi-Year Obligatory Allocations (MYOA).

* SARO Release: SARO-BMB-D-19-0025732 dated 18 December 2019.

* First post by MaxDefense: 25 June 2013

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PA155mmSPHAcquisition

* Status: Post Qualification Inspection with Elbit Systems done on December 2018, reinsepction done as of November 2019. SARO for 15% initial deposit released by DBM on December 2019. NOA released December 2019. Contract signed as of late January 2020. Notice to Proceed release for confirmation.

First edit and release: 09 February 2020
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Philippine Army Awards Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge to Elbit-IMI JV, to Possibly Supply Joint Assault Bridge

Finally, after keeping silence on the developments of this project, MaxDefense can finally speak up as the Department of National Defense (DND) has made the developments public.

The DND has finally awarded the Combat Engineering Equipment Lot 1: Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge (AVLB) Acquisition Project to Israel's Elbit Systems Land & C4I - Israel Military Industries Joint Venture, with a Contract Price worth US$27,727,188.00 officially converted to Php1,407,459,790.10.

An example of an Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge. The PA is acquiring 2 units, their first ever. Photo taken from Defense Post website.

The NOA was released on 26 December 2019, and was received on 27 December 2019. It is expected that Contract Signing would be made within January 2020, 

The NOA released by the DND in favor of Elbit-IMI JV. Photo taken from PhilGEPS.

Based on MaxDefense's sources, Elbit Systems - IMI Joint Venture (which is a weird venture considering IMI was already procured by Elbit Systems last year and is just now a division within Elbit Systems) will be providing an extended length version of the Leonardo DRS - IMI Systems Joint Assault Bridge.

The Joint Assault Bridge is a scissor-type bridging system with a Military Load Capacity (MLC) rating of MLC-85, which means it can withstand loads of up to 85 tons. This means it can support even the heaviest main battle tanks which weigh around 65-70 tons. Leonardo DRS is the prime contractor while Israel Military Industries (IMI) is one the main partners of the project and development of the bridging system.

In the US Army and US Marine Corps, the Joint Assault Bridge will use the General Dynamics M1 Abrams tank platform, and is seen as a less expensive alternative to the M104 Wolverine, and a replacement to the old M60 AVLB system that requires replacement.

MaxDefense sources confirmed that Elbit-IMI JV might supply an lengthened version of the Leonardo DRS - IMI Joint Assault Bridge being developed for the US Army and US Marine Corps. Photos from Leonardo DRS website. 

Since the Philippine Army specified a diesel-engined tracked tank platform, it will not use the General Dynamics M1 Abrams tank platform, and will instead use a European-made platform.

If MaxDefense sources are correct, the platform will be based on the latest Leopard 2 main battle tank chassis called the Panzerschnellbrucke 2 from Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). which is the only tank platform that meets the specified requirements of the Philippine Army.

Currently the Leopard 2 platform is used by the German Leguan bridging system, although sources confirmed that the Leopard 2 could also be modified to carry the JAB system.

The Leopard 2 tank platform is said to have been proposed by Elbit-IMI JV for the AVLB acquisition project. This would be supplied by Germany's KMW. Photo taken from KMW's website.

This means that the Leopard 2 could become more likely for the Philippine Army to consider in its future Main Battle Tank requirements, although this is more speculation due to the Philippine Army's planned MBT acquisition still in the process of being justified as part of the Horizon 3 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program, and also the procurement process still unknown.

MaxDefense will discuss more about this possibility in future blog entries.

With Elbit being the winning proponent, it is also expected that the vehicles would be equipped with new communications equipment using Elbit-Tadiran's product line. MaxDefense believes this will include also the E-LynX mobile ad-hoc network communication system which is said to be introduced to some of the Philippine Army's newer armored vehicles supplied by Elbit System like the M113A2 Mortar Carriers, in addition to standard combat net radio systems like Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) used by NATO countries and the US, including its allies like the Philippines.

Elbit E-LynX (top) and SINCGARS (above) are expected to be included as the communications system of the AVLB. Photos credited to original sources.

With a delivery period of 550 days from Notice to Proceed (NTP), MaxDefense expects the delivery of this project to be completed only by late 2021. This is reasonable enough, and MaxDefense even believes that the Philippine Army should acquire additional units as 2 units may not be enough for its current and future requirements.

Project Summary:

Combat Engineering Equipment - Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 24 January 2020.

* End User: Philippine Army (unspecified Army Engineering Brigade)

* Quantity: at least 2 units, with armored tracked platform

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Phase Priority Projects of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: Php1,600,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: GAA funded, to be paid via Multi-Year Obligatory Allocations (MYOA).

* SARO Release: TBA

* Winning Proponent: Elbit Systems Land & C4I - Israel Military Industries JV (Israel)

* Product for Delivery: Sources describes as lengthened version of Leonardo DRS-IMI Joint Assault Bridge using Leopard 2 tank platform
* Contract Price: US$27,727,188.00, converted to Php1,407,459,790.10

* First post by MaxDefense: TBA

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PACEEAVLBAcquisition

* Status: Elbit Systems declared sole bidder, passed PQI on December 2019 and awarded NOA on 26 December 2019. Contract Signing said to have been made before 24 January 2020 although MaxDefense is awaiting for more confirmation.

First edit and release: 25 January 2020
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