77 units of US-donated
M-113A2 armored carrier now in the Philippines
MANILA, Dec. 10 (PNA) -- Seventy-seven units of US-donated M-113A2
armored personnel carriers, intended for the Mechanized Infantry Division of
the Armed Forces of the Philippines, have arrived in Subic Bay, Zambales
province Wednesday evening.
This is the first batch of the 114 APCs transferred to the AFP via the US
Excess Defense Article (EDA) program.
The second shipment of 37 units is scheduled to arrive on Dec. 14 and the
remainder will be delivered later this month.
The EDA Program grants excess US military equipment, without cost, to
qualified allied countries.
The transfer is a result of a formal request made by the AFP to assist in
their defense modernization efforts.
The M-113A2 was developed to provide a survivable and reliable light tracked
vehicle that allows for troops to be brought forward under armor for
A number of the vehicles are scheduled to participate in the annual AFP Day
Parade on Dec. 21.(PNA)