Army modernization on track – Army chief

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Andres Centino said in an interview with CNN Philippines’ special presentation “The Generals” on November 6, 2021 that the Philippine Army’s modernization initiative is on track as the command continues to bolster its capabilities as the nation’s “third and last line of defense.”

“When the Air Force and the Navy will fail, the Army will be there. To prepare for this, the Army is organizing and equipping our units,” said Lt. Gen. Centino.

Lt. Gen. Centino provided updates on the Army Artillery Regiment’s procurement of 155mm howitzers and the Army’s acquisition of a ground-based air defense system that will enable the Army to “hold the fort on land.”

During the interview, the CGPA demonstrated the Army’s most recent equipment, including the M113A2 Armored Mortar Carrier with 81mm Soltam Cardom Recoil Mortar System, M113A2 Armored Personnel Carrier with Elbit RCWS, and the BGM-71 TOW missile launcher. Advanced weaponry systems are installed on the armored personnel carriers, which can track targets up to 10 kilometers away.

The CGPA also discussed bolstering the Army reserve force, which serves as a force multiplier for regular forces.

“In the event of an attack of foreign forces, we need the manpower and we believe that the reserve forces are needed to complement our regular forces,” he said.

Lt. Gen. Centino also stated that the Army is determined to following the Commander-in-command Chief’s to stop local conflicts before his tenure ends in 2022.

“We are ensuring that all our ground forces are capable and ready to comply with this mandate,” he said.

“Be assured that the Philippine Army will continue to serve with pride in serving the people and securing the land,” he added. — Philippine Army

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