Monday, November 9, 2020

Philippine Army selects Sabrah light tank

The Philippine Army has selected Sabrah light tank for the Philippine Army’s Light Tank Acquisition Project.

The Israeli company Elbit Systems has won a $196 million contract to produce and supply the Sabrah 105mm light tank based on General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) tracked platform ASCOD 2 and wheeled platform Pandur II.

According to Elbit, “The Sabrah light tank series is based on a tracked or wheeled platform, as part of Elbit Systems’ global cooperation with tier-one military platform manufacturers.”

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“Due to ongoing development and technology insertion, the ASCOD offers advanced protection and mobility, large internal volume at very compact dimensions, and a large payload at low GVW,” Elbit said. “The chassis provides the ASCOD with its mobility/mine protection characteristics and acts as the interface for all other primary subsystems.”

“The Pandur offers a unique solution of wheel suspensions characterized by robus chassis components, optimum riding comfort and minimum maintenance effort,” Elbit noted.

All tanks will be armed with a 105mm cannon and equipped with the E-LynX and Torch-X systems.

According to Armyrecognition.com, the 105 mm gun system is fitted with an automatic loading system with 12 rounds ready to fire. The vehicle carries a total of 36 ammunition, with 24 rounds stored in the hull. The gun can fire a wide range of NATO ammunition including HEP-T (High-explosive), HESH (High-explosive squash head), APFSDS (Armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot) as well as advanced ammunition, T-MP-HE M110.

The 105 mm gun has an effective firing range of 3,600m with a rate of fire of 6 rounds per minute.

Per the contract, Philippine Army will receive 8 tanks “Sabra” based on ASCOD 2; 10 Sabra tanks based on Pandur II; 1 command vehicle ASCOD 2 (armored command vehicle); 1 ARV based on ASCOD 2 (armored recovery vehicle).

In addition, Elbit is also responsible for the supply of 28 IVECO Guarani wheeled armored personnel carriers (6×6) in the amount of $ 47 million. All armored personnel carriers are equipped with turrets with a 12.7-mm machine gun and a 40-mm grenade launcher, there is also the option of installing a remotely controlled turret with a 12.7-mm machine gun. All armored personnel carriers are equipped with E-LynX and Torch-X systems.

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