Army conducting media demo of new remote controlled weapon from Israel

The Philippine Army (PA) will be testing before the media on Monday the .50 caliber-remote controlled weapon system/station (RCWS) of its six newly-acquired M-113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) in Capas, Tarlac. Col. Benjamin Hao, PA spokesperson, said on Sunday the demonstration will take place at the rifle range of the Mechanized Infantry Division in Camp O’Donnell, Capas.

The six APCs were transported to Tarlac on July 8 after arriving in the Philippines last June 18. They were part of the 28 APCs ordered from Israeli defense manufacturer Elbit Systems Ltd. The contract, worth PhP 882 million, was signed on June 22, 2014.

Fourteen of the M-113s will be configured as fire support vehicles, four as infantry fighting vehicles, six as armored personnel carriers, another four as armored recovery units.

Upgrades include installation of 25mm unmanned turrets, 12.7mm (.50 caliber machine guns) RCWS, and fire control systems (FCS) for 90mm turrets.

The PA operates 343 AFVs (armored fighting vehicles) and APCs. Around 85 percent of these are on green status (fully mission capable) while another 10 percent are on yellow status (undergoing repair) and five percent are on red (beyond repair).