US grants 114 armed personnel carriers to AFP; 77 now in Subic Bay

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MANILA, 10 December 2015—As the year ends, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is set to receive 77 units from among 114 of M113A2 Armed Personnel Carriers (APC) from the US Government, following their arrival at Subic Bay yesterday evening.

One among the 114 M113A2 Armed Personnel Carriers to be awarded to the Armed Forces of the Philippines by  the US Government under the Excess Defense Article Program.  This is part of the US' support of the AFP's modernization program. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE US EMBASSY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

One among the 114 M113A2 Armed Personnel Carriers to be awarded to the Armed Forces of the Philippines by the US Government under the Excess Defense Article Program. This is part of the US’ support of the AFP’s modernization program. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE US EMBASSY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

The United States Embassy in Manila said this was the first shipment of 114 such vehicles to arrive. “The second shipment of 37 units is due to arrive on 14 December, and the remainder will be delivered later this month,” its statement said, adding that, the transfer of these carriers by the U.S. government to the AFP is “via the Excess Defense Article (EDA) Program.”

 

The EDA Program grants excess U.S. military equipment from the U.S., without cost, to qualified allied countries. The transfer is a result of a formal request made by the AFP to assist in its defense modernization efforts.

 

The M113 was developed to provide a survivable and reliable light tracked vehicle that allows troops on board to be brought forward under armor for dismounted operations.  Some of these vehicles are set to be presented to the Filipino public on the annual AFP Day Parade on 21 December before deployment across the archipelago.  (The PhilSouth Angle, with Ref:  Public Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy in Manila)

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