The Armor Division of the Philippine Military (PA) acquired one other increase with the arrival of certainly one of its newly-acquired Sabrah gentle tanks. The tank was displayed in the course of the 87th anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon Metropolis on Monday, which was graced by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. It added that the remainder of these property will arrive in early 2023 which consists of “wheeled and tracked Sabrah gentle Tanks” that might beef up the first Tank Battalion’s fleet of armored automobiles. The Sabrah gentle tank arrived earlier this month and is now present process rigorous testing earlier than being accepted for service. The Armor Division is anticipated to obtain 20 new Sabrah gentle tanks from Israeli protection producer Elbit Techniques Land and 10 Pandur II wheeled armored automobiles from Steyr-Daimler-Puch between 2023 to 2024.

“One Sabrah gentle tank based mostly on the ASCOD platform mounted with 105mm cannon as the primary armament and coaxial 7.62 machine gun was one of many Armor ‘Pambato’ Division’s latest property that paraded over the 87th founding anniversary of the AFP on December 19, 2022, on the Basic Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon Metropolis. Furthermore, the command put in 234 very small aperture terminals in distant patrol bases to offer connectivity to troops and outlying communities. To cope with rising threats, the command activated models such because the tenth Area Artillery Battalion (SP-155), cyber battalion, 5 set up administration battalions, and three infantry battalions. It additionally reactivated the first Tank Battalion which can function the mom unit of current and upcoming tank property of the PA,” the PA’s Armor Division mentioned in a Fb submit on Monday evening.


Philippine Military Armor Division Sabrah Gentle Tank. (Photograph by Armor “Pambato” Division)

The Sabrah Gentle Tank is a tank designed by Elbit Techniques based mostly on the ASCOD and Pandur II platforms. The PA’s gentle tank acquisition mission is below Horizon 2 of the Revised AFP Modernization Program. The contract is value round PHP9.4 billion and was acquired by way of government-to-government mode. Sabrah is a tracked or wheeled gentle tank manufactured by Elbit Techniques, a defence manufacturing firm based mostly in Israel. It’s designed to enhance the fleet of armored combating automobiles (AFVs) operated by the armed forces worldwide. The tracked gentle tank configuration relies on the tracked ASCOD 2 AFV platform, which is manufactured by Basic Dynamics European Land Techniques – Santa Bárbara Sistemas – (GDELS-SBS). The wheeled gentle tank configuration relies on the 8×8 wheeled Pandur II platform provided by the Czech navy automobiles exporter Excalibur Military.

Weighing 30t, the Sabrah gentle tank sequence has a modular design. The Sabrah is fitted with armour safety methods to offer ballistic safety as much as NATO STANAG 4569 Stage 4. The automobile will be built-in with energetic safety methods. It’s outfitted with a standard 105mm manned turret for each tracked and wheeled configurations. The automobile’s fully-electric turret drive supplies stabilization in each elevation and traverse. The twin-axis high-performance turret supplies hunter-killer functionality. The tank supplies an optimum mixture of firepower and maneuverability. It may be configured to offer enhanced lethality. It contains the corporate’s TORCH-X battle administration system. The combat-proven armoured automobile can be put in with electro-optical (EO) sights, hearth management methods, and life assist methods.