As part of the Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program, Elbit Systems will provide the Army with armored mortar carriers, battlefield management systems, and remote-controlled weapon systems.
According to the report, the Cardom, a 120mm Recoil Mortar System, will be mounted on the Army’s M113 armored vehicles. The system has a range of 7,000 meters and a maximum fire rate of 16 rounds per minute. It can be used in a “shoot and scoot” manner and can be operated by two or four crewmen.
Another part of the deal is the platform where the Cardom mortars will be installed, and Elbit will deliver 15 refurbished and upgraded M113A2 tracked armored vehicles.
The deal will include Elbit’s Combat NG Battlefield Management System, which is already in use with the Philippine Army. The Combat NG is a command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) system designed to improve artillery and air defense unit’s ability to engage targets. It also provides real-time situational awareness and coordination capability with other forces without sacrificing target engagement speed and accuracy.
The mortars are centered on Elbit’s 120mm Soltam Cardom vehicle-mounted autonomous recoil mortar system, while also supplying refurbished M113A2 tracked armored vehicles as platforms and associated accessories including the Combat NG Battlefield Management System.
Elbit Systems will also provide conversion 120mm barrels for five Cardom 81mm autonomous recoil mortar systems the Philippine Army ordered in January 2018. The 81mm mortars are part of the Philippine Army’s M113 Firepower Upgrade project that also includes the supply of 44 remote-controlled weapon systems (RCWS) for the Philippine Army’s fleet of M113A2 armored vehicles scheduled to be delivered this year.
Elbit already supplied 28 units of M113A2 tracked armored vehicles to the Philippine Army in 2016. Together with different configurations including Armored Personnel Carrier equipped with the Elbit Dragon 12.7mm RCWS, Infantry Fighting Vehicles armed with the Elbit UT25 25mm unnamed turret, armored recovery vehicles, and Fire Support Vehicles armed with 76mm guns sourced from retired Philippine Army Scorpion armored vehicles.
The project is part of a G2G deal between the Philippines and Israel, valued at approximately 1 billion pesos and deliveries may be completed by the end of 2020.