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Force Protection Equipment (Body Armor and Helmet) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Navy (Marines)

To augment existing inventory of of force protection equipment while also replacing damaged and old units, as well as to keep up with the growing number of manpower and new units, the Philippine Navy on behalf of the Philippine Marine Corps is acquiring additional body armor vests and helmets under the Force Protection Equipment (Body Armor and Helmet) Acquisition Project.

This is a Horizon 2 phase Priority Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program, and was among those given In-Principle Approval by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on June 2018.

Philippine Marines during training exercise. The service is in need of new body armor and helmets. Photo credits to DVIDs Hub.

Project Summary:

Force Protection Equipment (Body Armor & Helmet) Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 05 October 2019.

* End User: Philippine Navy (Philippine Marine Corps)

* Quantity: 7,491 units o f Body Armor (Lot 1), 9,528 units of Helmets (Lot 2)

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Phase of RAFPMP

* Project ABC:

     Lot 1: Php441,893,560.00
     Lot 2: Php240,734,000.00
     TOTAL : Php682,627,560.00 

Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: GAA Funded

* SARO Release: TBA

* Winning Proponent: TBA

Product for Delivery: TBA

* Contract Price: 

* First post by MaxDefense: 
June 2019 (see MD's AFP Modernization Program List)

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PNFPEAcquisition #PMCFPEAcquisition

* Status: Invitation to Bid released on 21 October 2019, with Submission and Opening of Bids scheduled on 12 November 2019.

Lot 1 calls for body armor, and Lot 2 for helmets. Credits to original sources of photos, for reference only.

U P D A T E S:

22 October 2019:

The Department of National Defense (DND) has released the bid documents for the Force Protection Equipment Acquisition Project of the Philippine Navy on behalf of the Philippine Marine Corps.

Two separate lots were made with Lot 1 covering the Body Armor, and Lot 2 for the Helmets.

Changes were made compared to the original plans. Previously the Philippine Navy was planning to acquire the same number of body armor and helmets at 8,860 pairs. Now the body armor was reduced to 7,491 units, while increasing the number of helmets to 9,528 units.

So far there are 23 groups that requested for bid documents, although we do not expect all of them to submit a bid.

Pre-bid Conference is scheduled on 29 October 2019 which is expected to clear out queries and clarifications. We expect the queries and replies by the DND  Bids and Awards Committee and Philippine Navy's Technical Working Group for the project coming out via a Supplementary Bid Bulletin before the SOBE date.

Philippine Marines during training. The service needs new sets of body armor and helmets.

29 October 2019:

Earlier today, the Pre-Bid Conference was held for the project, and it was noted that there at least 12 proponents present in the meeting.

Among those noted present were Source Vagabond from Israeli, MKU Ltd. of India, Mars Armor of Bulgaria, among others.

These are the same companies that have been involved in many Body Armor and Helmet biddings within the AFP major branch services and the Philippine National Police.

According to an industry source, it appears that the technical specifications for the project has a lot of flaws, and many of the companies made their queries which is expected to be replied by the DND-BAC and Philippine Navy TWG in the next few days.

One of the proponents, Source Vagabond, previously displayed their body armor and helmet in ADAS 2016, as seen above. Photo exclusively shared to MaxDefense by one of our source.

First edit and release: 22 October 2019
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