Philippines Army is looking the possibility to upgrade M113A2 APC with 25mm automatic cannon 10602163

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Philippines Army is looking the possibility to upgrade M113A2 APC with 25mm automatic cannon.
The Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) of Philippines Army is looking at the possibility of installing 25mmm automatic cannons to some of its newly-refurbished M-113A2 armored personnel carriers (APCs) of which 114 were formally accepted for service Thursday, February 4, 2016.
     
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Philippines army M113A2 APC armoured personnel carrier
     
"We are looking the reconfiguration of some of the APCs into armored infantry fighting vehicles (AIFVs), meaning that their .50 caliber machineguns will be replace with 25mm automatic cannons, so they can be use for internal security and territorial defense operations," MID head Major Gen. Edgar Gonzales said in Filipino.
 
The 25mm automatic cannon is much lethal, longer range and has more killing power than the .50 caliber machineguns.
 
He declined to give specifics on how many of the 114 APCs will be converted into AIFVs as this is dependent on the available budget.
 
But should the AIFV conversion push through, Gonzales said there was a need for the vehicles' existing 212 horsepower engine to be replaced with a 265 horsepower to allow it to handle the additional weight of the 25mm weapons.
 
The M-113A2 was developed to provide a survivable and reliable light tracked vehicle that allows for troops to be brought forward under armor for dismounted operations.
 

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