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DND to acquire P336-M bullet equipment from Canadian firm

The Department of National Defense (DND) said it is poised to acquire P335.85 million bullet manufacturing equipment, which could boost to 75 percent the capacity of the government arsenal to supply small arms ammunition to the armed forces.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the DND said it has signed the contract for the bullet-making equipment. Ontario, Canada-based Waterbury Farrel—a division of Magnum Integrated Technologies, will supply the equipment 18 months after the opening of the letter of credit, the DND revealed.
“For 2012, expected to be delivered are 8 brand new Combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force. These will be delivered in two batches, the first of which is expected early this year,” the DND also said.
“Other projects include the acquisition of force protection, coast watch requirements, engineering and utility trucks, and various field equipment which will enhance the capability of our soldiers in field. As of the moment, a total of 71 projects spread throughout the three major service commands and general headquarters are already in the pipeline,” the statement from the DND also disclosed.
It recalled that among the “most notable acquisitions” of the DND in the recent past is the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, “an all weather high endurance cutter that was commissioned last December 14, 2011.”
A locally made landing craft vessel, the BRP Tagbanua, was also commissioned last December 14 to “transport combat personnel, military equipment, and materiel in support of military amphibious operations…and also perform non-combatant evacuation, medical assistance projects, disaster, rescue and relief missions, and operations in support of the government's national socio-economic projects.” — ELR, GMA News
January 14, 2012 9:58pm
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