The Department of National Defense has signed a P882-million contract with an Israel-based firm for the purchase of 28 armored infantry fighting vehicles.
DND Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez said in an interview on Thursday that the deal was signed last week with Elbit Systems Land and C4L for the “very capable” vehicles.
Velez declined to divulged the vehicles’ specifications citing security reasons.
He said that four of the 28 armored vehicles are recovery models to be used to tow damaged units and those incapacitated in the battlefield.
Fourteen of the new acquisitions, meanwhile, will be used as fire support vehicles equipped with 76mm cannons taken from decommissioned vehicles.
The Philippine Army is so far equipped with 343 armored fighting vehicles for its 10 infantry divisions.
The 28 armored infantry fighting vehicles are among the the department’s planned acquisitions this year for the Army. The list includes a shore-launched anti-ship missile system, various grenade launchers, 155mm Towed Howitzers and a few other trucks.