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Philippine army is innovating with deployment of Israeli Sabrah light tank.

| 2023

The Philippine army is now equipped with the Sabrah light tank manufactured by the Israeli company Elbit Systems. It is one of the first armies in the world to use the concept of a light tank. Recently, the Philippine army has launched a procurement to acquire around 3,400 105mm ammunition.
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The Philippine army is now equipped with the Israeli Sabrah, a new concept of light tank. (Picture source MaxDefense Philippines Facebook)

The process of bidding for the acquisition of 1,643 rounds of 105mm High Explosive with Tracer (HE-T) and 1,717 rounds of 105mm High Explosive Squash Head with Tracer (HESH-T) munitions has been initiated.

In 2015, the U.S. Army also launched The Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program, which is a concept of a light tank. The US Army launched the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program to enhance the capabilities of its infantry brigade combat teams (IBCTs) in contested environments, particularly in urban areas. The Army recognized the need for a lightweight, mobile, and heavily armored direct-fire capability that could support infantry operations on the modern battlefield.

The concept of a light tank is a type of armored vehicle that is designed to provide mobile direct-fire support to ground troops while being light enough to be easily transported by air, rail, or road. Light tanks are typically smaller and less heavily armored than their heavier counterparts, but they are faster and more maneuverable, making them better suited for certain types of missions.

Light tanks are typically armed with a main gun and machine guns, and they are often used to support infantry in urban and other confined environments, where their mobility and firepower can be particularly effective. They are also used for reconnaissance and other missions where speed and agility are important.

The concept of the light tank has evolved over time, with different countries and militaries developing their own variations and classifications. In some cases, light tanks have been developed specifically for airborne operations, with features such as air-droppable designs and reduced weight for easy transport. Overall, the concept of the light tank reflects the need for a versatile and mobile armored vehicle that can provide direct-fire support and mobility in a variety of combat environments.

The Sabrah is a light tank developed by Israel Military Industries (IMI) in partnership with Elbit Systems. The tank is based on the chassis of the General Dynamics' tracked light armored vehicle (LAV) and was designed to provide the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with a highly mobile, well-armed, and well-protected light tank that can operate in a variety of combat environments.

The Sabrah is equipped with a 105mm main gun, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and a 12.7mm heavy machine gun. The tank also has advanced targeting and fire control systems, including a laser rangefinder and a ballistic computer, which allows the crew to engage targets accurately at long ranges.

The Sabrah has a crew of four, including a driver, gunner, loader, and commander. The tank is equipped with a modular armor system that can be adjusted to provide optimal protection against different types of threats. The tank is also designed to be highly mobile, with a top speed of over 70 km/h and the ability to traverse a variety of terrain types.

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