As the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force aggressively adopt challenging threats from internal and external forces. The Philippine’s ground troops also upgrade their skills, mindset, and, most of all, the use of advanced ground equipment that able to prevent fo those who wanted to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
Land-based Missile System
The Philippine Army activated its first land-based missile battery system under the supervision of its Army Artillery Regiment in October 2019. The unit is currently working on its training programs before acquiring the equipment.
According to the defense secretary, the signing of the contract will be in 2020, possibly in the first or second quarter this year. Around two batteries of BrahMos missiles to be acquired this time.
The acquisition of a land-based missile system is under Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program slated from 2018 to 2022 for the purchase of equipment geared for external defense and has a budget of PHP300 billion.
Multiple Launch Rocket System
Recently, the Philippine Army activated three new aerial defense units in a bid to improve defense capabilities against growing threats and better ability of aviation operations to support ground forces.
According to the Philippine Army spokesperson, South Korea provided two used batteries of K136 Kooryong multiple launch rocket systems.
One battery of MLRS consists of up to six launcher tubes. It will be the first time for the Army to have this artillery capability.
The K136 Kooryong is a South Korean indigenous rocket artillery system developed and deployed in 1986. A total of 150 of these multiple launch rocket systems were built and are currently in service with the South Korean Army.
Zagala said the Department of National Defense is still in the planning stage on how to pick up the rocket systems from South Korea. The Philippines will shoulder the costs of the transfer and the training of Army personnel.
The Department of National Defense reaffirms recently the need to fast track the acquisition of Ground-Based Air Defense Systems (GBADS) for the Philippine Air Force. This procurement includes other air defense requirements from the Philippine Army and the Philippine Navy as part of the Horizon 2 phase of the AFP Modernization.
The Philippine Army, as of now, has an ongoing project to acquire portable systems under the Philippine Army Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) Acquisition Project. Stinger and Korean Manpads are the contenders of this program.
Self Propelled Artillery
According to the Philippine Army, it had started the procurement of man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) and 155mm self-propelled howitzers to boost its capabilities in dealing with various threats.
Recently the Philippine Army activated two Field Artillery Battery. This unit will handle the 155mm self-propelled artillery to be acquired soon.
This Israel-made is 155mm self-propelled howitzer is not a recommendation, but its already discuss several years ago during the procurement of the Philippine Army.
155mm, computerized autonomous truck-mounted self-propelled howitzer (ATMOS) The Soltam ATMOS meets the need for light, long-range, and fast-moving artillery on the battlefield. Offering the advantages of high firepower, mobility, and short response time, the ATMOS can be deploy and operable in rugged terrain.
The Mechanized Infantry Division recently renamed to Armor Division, in anticipation of the Philippine Army’s upcoming assets and the prospect of more aggressive land defense.
In September 2019, the Mechanized Infantry Division had been renamed to Armor Division and a report from inquirer that 44 tanks to acquire this year. Army spokesperson provides this information to the said news agency.
In December 2019, the Indonesian manufacturer brought its medium tank for the Philippine Army demonstration.
The Philippine Army expected to acquire 28 vehicles, suitable for 2 Mechanized Companies, are planned to be purchased with a proposed budget of Php 2.26 Billion as part of the Army’s Horizon 2 modernization phase.
The planned vehicle specs will be either wheeled 6×6 or 8×8. Preferably the same platform or model as the Wheeled Tank Destroyers and armed with a 30mm unmanned turret.