PA has 15 new Israel-made armored mortar carriers to bolster land domain defense

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On December 29, 2021, the Philippine Army’s Armor Division received a recently delivered 15 M125A2 Armored Mortar Carrier (AMC) from Israel’s Elbit Systems, which is equipped with a 120mm Mounted Mortar System (MMS).

The newly supplied 15 AMCs will be inspected by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) in the first quarter of this year before being accepted and deployed to Army field units.

The new AMCs are part of the Philippine Army’s modernization effort, which aims to improve the country’s ground force’s ability to defend itself against local and international threats.

The new assets, according to Armor Division Commander Maj. Gen. Efren Baluyot, would provide close and prompt indirect fire support for maneuver units while deploying quickly in tactical scenarios.

More modernization initiatives, such as the Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier Acquisition Project, APC Firepower Upgrade with Enclosed Weapon System (EWS), and the Light Tank Acquisition Project, are in the works, according to Maj. Gen. Baluyot.

Lt. General Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., Commanding General Philippine Army, hailed this progress and looks forward to the acceptance of these armor assets, which are in line with the Army’s thrusts to improve the capabilities of our ground forces.

“These new armor assets will bolster the Army’s capability to deal with constantly evolving threats. With the realization of upcoming big-ticket modernization projects, the Philippine Army is on track to becoming a formidable and adaptive force capable of responding to a multitude of conventional and unconventional threats,” he said.

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