03 Oktober 2015

Army Acquires Four 25mm RCWS-Equipped APCs

03 Oktober 2015

Four 25mm RCWS-equipped APCs are completed by the 2nd quarter of 2016 (photo : AFP)

MANILA (PNA) -- The ability of the Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) to deliver accurate and devastating fire will be greatly boosted once delivery of its four 25mm remote-control weapon system (RCWS)-equipped armored personnel carriers (APCs) are completed by the 2nd quarter of 2016.

MID public affairs office chief Major Felimon Tan, in a message to the PNA, said the vehicles were also equipped with thermal and laser sighting systems, making them very capable of engaging targets under cover and in the dark.

Aside from having larger rounds and explosive capabilities, the 25mm RCWS-equipped APCs also has the range to deal with helicopters and attack aircraft.

These can be done by using special "bursting" ammunition, Tan added.

The capability would allow the MID to deal with airborne threats, he said.

Aside from 25mm RCWS-equipped APCs, another 14 armored vehicles fitted with 76mm turrets and the four armored recovery vehicles are also expected to be delivered in 2016.

Six .50 caliber RCWS-equipped APCs are now undergoing acceptance tests at Camp O'Donnell, Capas, Tarlac.

Tan said the 76mm armed APCs would act as fire support and the PA's mobile anti-tank platform.

The Department of National Defense signed a 28 APC order deal with Israeli defense manufacturer Elbit Systems Ltd. worth Php882 million last June 22, 2014. 


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