The Philippine Army is carrying out a project to upgrade the advanced armored personnel carriers ACV-300, now ACV-15, acquired from the Turkish company FNSS.
In an effort to improve its firepower, the Philippine Army has embarked on several upgrade projects for its existing fleet of armored vehicles. According to maxdefense, the Philippine Army is carrying out a project to upgrade the advanced armored personnel carriers ACV-300, now ACV-15, acquired from the Turkish company FNSS. While the performance of these vehicles were great, the Philippine Army realized that they are in need of hundreds of armored vehicles, yet their budget is only good for a few dozen.
The upgrade plan includes the installation of a manned turret with a medium-calibre cannon. According to Philippine MaxDefense, the PA has a fleet of six ACV-300 armed with manually-operated 12.7mm M2 heavy machine guns, which are the first recipients of the upgrade.
According to MaxDefense, both Elbit Systems and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems are among the possible bidders for the project, estimated at $5.5 million, alongside Leonardo, Denel, and FNSS.
After the battle of Marawi against ISIS militants, the Philippines realized that a gun turret with a caliber smaller than 25mm is ineffective in urban warfare, especially in penetrating concrete walls, so the Army will want a larger caliber gun for this project. According to the report, Elbit will offer its MT30 Manned Turret. Rafael will presumably offer the Samson weapon station.
The Philippine Army operates a few Infantry Fighting Vehicles in its fleet, with the remainder of the FMC AIFV similar to the Dutch YPR-765 acquired in the late 1970s, around four GKN Simba 4×4 IFVs armed with a 25mm Bushmaster M242 guns, and four M113A2 IFVs equipped with the 25mm Bushmaster M242 gun on Elbit Systems UT25 unmanned turrets.