Philippines Army takes delivery of first upgraded M113 with Elbit Systems 25mm unmanned turret 11506151

Defence & Security News - Philippines
 
Philippines Army takes delivery of first upgraded M113 with Elbit Systems 25mm unmanned turret.
The first batch of upgraded M113 were delivered to the Philippines army (PA), June 18, 2015, said Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, PA spokesperson, told the Philippines News Agency. This first batch will be followed by 18 other units and four more by July or August, he said.
     
The first batch of upgraded M113 were delivered to the Philippines army (PA), June 18, 2015, said Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, PA spokesperson, told the Philippines News Agency. This first batch will be followed by 18 other units and four more by July or August, he said.M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier with Elbit Systems' ORCWS 25-30mm Unmanned Turret System
     
Fourteen of the M-113s will be configured as fire support vehicles, four as infantry fighting vehicles, six as armored personnel carriers, and another four as armored recovery units.
 

The M-113s will be supplied by Israeli defense manufacturer Elbit Systems Ltd.

The contract, which is worth PhP882 million, was signed on June 22, 2014.

Upgrades include installation of 25mm unmanned turrets, 12.7mm remote controlled weapon stations (RCWS) and fire control systems (FCS) for 90mm turrets.

The PA operates around 343 AFVs (armored fighting vehicles) and APCs (armored personnel carriers).

Around 85 percent of these AFVs are on green status (fully mission capable), another 10 percent on yellow status (undergoing repair) and five percent on red (beyond repair)

About 150 of these are the United Kingdom-built GKN "Simba," with the remaining AFVs consisting of United States-designed V-150 and V-200 APCs, M-113s, Turkish made ACV-300s and British Scorpion CVRTs.

These vehicles give the PA its armor capability and are organized into a 14-vehicle mechanized infantry companion for deployment with regular units.
 

 

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