23 Juni 2014
M-4 rifle (photo : hdwallpic)
MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Army (PA) announced that the first batch of its brand-new M-4 automatic rifles will be delivered this July 19.
This was confirmed by Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, PA spokesperson, in a message to the PNA.
"Tentative arrival date of the (first) 27,000 units will be on July 19," he added.
The PA acquired 63,000 M-4 automatic rifles to replace its Vietnam-era M-16A rifles.
These new weapons will be immediately issued to line units.
Each M-4 is worth Php38,402.10 each and the entire order is estimated to be worth Php2.4 billion.
The M-4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M-16A2 assault rifle. It is a gas-operated, magazine-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapon with a telescoping stock and 14.5 inch (370 mm) barrel to ease close quarters combat.
It fires the .223 caliber, or 5.56 mm NATO round.