Philippine Army to Receive More UAVs, Upgraded APCs from Elbit

Elbit systems delivers another batch of 12 upgraded M113A2 tracked armored personnel carriers to the Philippine Army. The service is also set to acquire several types of Elbit-made unmanned aerial vehicles

The Philippine Army’s Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) will receive another batch of upgraded M113A2 tracked armored personnel carriers (APC) this month, fitted with Elbit Systems’ 12.7mm overhead remote-controlled weapon stations (ORCWS), MaxDefense reported on Saturday.

Elbit was contracted by the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) to upgrade 44 M113A2 tracked armored personnel carriers, which includes installation of the Elbit Systems 12.7mm ORCWS and other systems, and conversion of five M113A2 to armored mortar carriers with the installation of the Soltam Cardom 81mm Recoil Mortar System.

This would mark the delivery of a total of 17 upgraded vehicles with the 12.7mm ORCWS under the M113 Firepower Upgrade Project. Another batch of upgraded M113s is scheduled for acceptance tests and hand-over in July 2019. 

MaxDefense also reports that Elbit is negotiations a deal with the DND to sell several types of unmanned aerial vehicles to the Philippine Army, including Thor Multirotor VTOL Mini UAV, Skylark 1-LEX Mini UAV, Skylark 3 Tactical Small UAV, and Hermes 450 Tactical Long Endurance UAV. The deal is estimated at $154 million.

According to the report, Elbit Systems competed against two other Israeli companies – IAI and Aeronautics.

In a separate deal signed last year and valued $160 million, Elbit will deliver Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 UAVs to the Philippine Air Force.