Game-changer Army combat engineer assets due for inspection

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Two armored vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) units that will provide game-changing capabilities for the Army’s engineer combat battalions are due for post-delivery technical inspection after they were shipped to the Batangas Port, Batangas City on July 12, 2022.

The AVLBs will be inspected by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee of the Department of National Defense’s Procurement Service before acceptance and deployment to the Army’s engineer combat battalions.

The new combat engineer assets, procured through a Philippine-Israel government-to-government deal, are part of Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program. The assets will boost the capabilities of Army engineer combat battalions in supporting maneuver units by providing mobility during operations.

The AVLB is a combat support vehicle, sometimes regarded as a sub-type of military engineering vehicle, designed to assist militaries in rapidly deploying tanks and other armored vehicles across rivers or other gap-type obstacles.

“These past 125 years, we have seen the Philippine Army grow into a professional and capable Army for our country. And as the Army’s modernization program progresses, we are looking at a very bright future for our land force,” the Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., said. — PA

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