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Special Action Force before a night op.


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Marine Force Recon during the Battle of Marawi


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Light Reaction Regiment during the Battle of Marawi
 
Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division starts receiving their issued RPG-7 rocket launchers to replace the old M67 90mm recoilless rifle. It appears that these RPGs are actually the ATGL acquired by the Philippine Army from Bulgaria's Arsenal JSCo, which only started full deliveries last year as part of the PA's Rocket Launcher Light acquisition project under the old RA7898 AFP Modernization Program.
Another batch of 744 units of RPG-7V are being acquired from Russia's state defense export agency Rosoboronexport as part of the Horizon 1 phase of the RAFPMP, although MaxDefense sources mentioned that the DND is having problem with the deal due to banks supporting the deal's financial aspects are fearing the effects of CAATSA.

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Another milestone has been reached by the Philippines' Department of National Defense (DND), as MaxDefense sources confirmed that the DND just recently signed a contract with Israel's Elbit Systems Land and C4I (Elbit) to implement the Philippine Army's M113 Armored Mortar Carrier acquisition project.

This project is part of the Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program, which is the phase covering the years 2018 to 2022.

Based on our records, this project appears to be the first Horizon 2 phase project of the Philippine Army (PA) that reached the contract signing stage, since almost all other projects of the PA are only in the negotiation stage at best, while other are not yet even in the pre-procurement phase.

As part of the contract, Elbit System will supply 15 Armoured Mortar Carriers to the Philippine Army's Mechanised Infantry Division.

The main project is Elbit's Soltam Cardom 120mm vehicle-mounted Recoil Mortar System, which is also known in Israel as the Soltam Keshet.

The Cardom is available in both 81mm and 120mm variant, and is fully computerized, autonomous, and was designed to be mounted on light or medium armoured vehicles like the M113. Take note that the Philippine Army also has an upcoming delivery of 5 Soltam Cardom 81mm RMS for installation of their existing M113A2 tracked armored vehicles.

The 120mm Cardom has a range of 7,000 meters, has a maximum rate of fire of 16 rounds per minute, and can be used in "shoot and scoot" manner to have the element of surprise and avoid enemy counter fire. It can be operated by only 2 crewmen, although it is said to be easier with a 4-man crew.

It can use a variety of ammunition of 120mm NATO standard, and is in operation with the Israel Defense Force, US Army, and several other countries.

Compared to the US Army's M113-based M1064 mortar carrier and the Styker-based model called the M1129, the upcoming Philippine models with be using the computer-controlled Cardom instead of the manually-operated M120/RMS6L 120mm mortar (which is also based on Soltam's K6 120mm infantry mortar). This allows for faster operations and less stress on the mortar crew due to automation.

Another part of the deal is the platform where the Cardom mortars will be installed. Elbit Systems will also deliver 15 refurbished and upgraded M113A2 tracked armored vehicles.
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SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 6, 2019) A Philippine Navy AW-109 helicopter lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019. In its 35th iteration, Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter-terrorism, and other combined military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)



SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 6, 2019) A flight deck director aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) signals to a Philippine Navy AW-109 helicopter during Exercise Balikatan 2019. . (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)



SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 6, 2019) Flight deck crew members aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) observe a Philippine Navy AW-109 helicopter depart the deck in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)



U.S. Marine 2nd Lt. Carlos Letts with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, assists a Philippine Marine with an M27 infantry automatic rifle at a live-fire range on Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Philippines, April 6, 2019, during Exercise Balikatan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Campbell)



U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and Philippine Marines with the 58th Marine Corps, 8th Marine Battalion, conduct live-fire ranges at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Philippines, April 6, 2019, during Exercise Balikatan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Campbell )
 

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