Sunday, January 12, 2014

Philippine Army has anti-armor capability

Not many people are aware of it but the Philippine Army, despite its small size, has an anti-armor capability.

This capability refers to a military unit's ability to destroy or incapacitate enemy armor units in the battlefield.

Capt. Anthony Bacus, Army spokesperson, said such anti-armor is provided by the 90mm and 57mm recoilless rifles, of which there are sufficient numbers in the armory.

"These weapons are being operated by elite infantry and special operations units," he added.

Aside from these weapons, the PA also operates 76mm and 25mm anti-tank guns which are mounted on its Scorpion CVRTs (combat vehicles reconnaissance tracks).

These vehicles are organized into mechanized infantry units of 14 CVRTs or armored fighting vehicles (AFVs).

The PA is known to operate 65 units of the Scorpion CVRTs.

The PA has 343 AFVs in its inventory, of which 150 are the United Kingdom-built GKN "Simba." The remaining AFVs consist of United States-designed V-150 and V-200 APCs, M-113 "Bradley," Turkish-made ACV-300s and British Scorpion CVRTs. 

Article Source: PNA

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