Philippines Army Receives Merkava IV-based Armored Vehicle-launched Bridge (AVLB)
The Philippine Military (PA) continues to improve its fleet of navy autos. Two armored vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) items that may present game-changing capabilities for the Philippine Military’s engineer fight battalions are due for post-delivery technical inspection after they had been shipped to the Batangas Port, Batangas Metropolis on July 12, 2022. The AVLBs can be inspected by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee of the Division of Nationwide Protection’s Procurement Service earlier than acceptance and deployment to the Military’s engineer fight battalions. The brand new fight engineer property, procured by way of a Philippine-Israel government-to-government deal.
“These previous 125 years, we have now seen the Philippine Military develop into an expert and succesful Military for our nation. And because the Military’s modernization program progresses, we’re taking a look at a really vibrant future for our land drive,” the Military Commanding Common Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., mentioned.
“The AVLBs can be inspected by the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee of the Division of Nationwide Protection’s Procurement Service earlier than acceptance and deployment to the Military’s engineer fight battalions,” mentioned PA spokesperson, Col. Xerxes Trinidad.
The Philippines Division of Nationwide Protection (DND) awarded the undertaking to the three way partnership of Elbit Techniques Land & C4I, and IMI Techniques Ltd. on December 2018, and the US$27.7 million contract signed in late 2019. The property will increase the capabilities of Military engineer fight battalions in supporting maneuver items by offering mobility throughout operations. The AVLB is a fight help automobile, generally thought to be a sub-type of navy engineering automobile, designed to help militaries in quickly deploying tanks and different armored autos throughout rivers or different gap-type obstacles.
The brand new armored vehicle-launched bridge are utilizing an armored automobile platform primarily based on the Israeli-made Merkava IV principal battle tank. The brand new automobile are primarily based on the Joint Assault Bridge developed by Leonardo DRS and Israel Army Industries (IMI) which is now a part of Elbit Techniques. The distinction is the Philippine Military model is that the bridge has an extended span, and it makes use of a special armored automobile platform, on this case the Merkava Mk. IV as a substitute of the M1A2 Abrams. This additionally seems to be the primary time the Merkava sequence are exported by Israel since 1979 when the sort has began manufacturing.
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