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Designated Marksman Rifle Project of the Philippine Army

The Philippine Army was in the market for new Designated Marksman Rifles (DMR) in 7.62mm caliber, which are needed to replace ageing DMRs used by several units of the service, which are most likely using a scoped M14 battle rifle.

The Designated Marksman Rifle Acquisition Project is one of the Horizon 1 Second List Projects under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

832 units were eyed in 2016, and will use budget worth almost Php255 million coming from the scuttled Php6.5 billion Shore Based Missile System (SBMS) acquisition project. 

The LMT L129A1 DMR as used by the British Army. Credits to original source of the photo.

Project Summary:

Designated Marksman Rifle Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 27 June 2019.

* End User: Philippine Army (multiple units)

* Quantity: 832 units + associated parts

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 1 Second List Projects of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: Php254,819,137.00

* Acquisition Mode: US Foreign Military Sales (US FMS), originally by Public Bidding through Procurement Services - Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM), but encountered Failed Tenders.

* Source of Funding: GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund

* SARO Release: SARO-BMB-D-18-0004715 dated 05 March 2018 worth Php243,089,540.00, released 09 March 2018.

* Winning Proponent: Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT) - still for further verification as of 27 June 2019.

* Product for Delivery: 

    - 7.62mm 16" barrel Designated Marksman Rifle, most likely LMT's LM308MWS model

* Contract Price:

* First post by MaxDefense: 03 March 2017

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag:

* Status: Pre-procurement phase ongoing. Awaiting DND's decision and Acquisition Decision Memorandum.


U P D A T E S:

03 March 2017:

As posted on MaxDefense's community social media page:
The Philippine Army confirmed that new marksman rifles will be coming for special units. No mention was made on quantity and type.

Last year, MaxDefense mentioned in its blog on the re-prioritized items to replace the cancelled SBMS (which is now moved to Horizon 2 phase as the LBMS) that 7.62mm Designated Marksman Rifles are included in the acquisition plans. MaxDefense placed the quantity at 832 units, with a possibility for more if the difference between the awarded contract price and ABC will be used to purchase more units.

The report from PNA is posted in whole due to PNA's history of deleting news reports after a few months.


New marksman rifles in the pipeline for PHL Army

MANILA, March 3 (PNA) -- Additional long-range marksman rifles are in the pipeline for special units of the Philippine Army (PA).

This was confirmed by Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

He declined to give the specific number of long-range markman rifles that are to be acquired but stressed it will be sufficient for all PA special units.

"We can't say (the exact number) as they are still undergoing study and the procurement process," Hao added.

The Army spokesperson disclosed that these new rifles will augment the Barrett sniper rifles that are in use.

Long-range marksman rifles provide Army units with the capability to neutralize terrorists or lawless threats at a distance beyond the range of the standard M-16 or M-4 rifles being used by Filipino military personnel.

These weapons are capable of engaging targets 800 meters to 5 km.(PNA)


27 June 2019:

It appears that earlier attempts to conduct a Public Bidding for the Designated Marksman Rifle acquisition project were all failures.

Based on new information received by MaxDefense, it appears that the Department of National Defense (DND) opted to coordinated with the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) for the acquisition of US-made rifles through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme in 2018.

And if our information is right, the rifles ordered were from Iowa-based Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT).

LMT is not new to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, specifically the AFP Special Operations Command (AFPSOCOM) and the Philippine Marine Corps' Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) as LMT rifles in 5.56mm and 7.62mm variants were among those provided by the US Department of Defense in previous batches of military assistance programs.

No word was made on what model could have been ordered from LMT, but it appears that its possible that it would be LMT's LM308MWS, which is similar to the British Army's L129A1 in service since 2010.

The LMT L129A1 of the British Army, which is based on LMT's LM308MWS. Photo taken from Wikipedia.


First edit and release: 27 June 2019
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