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Philippines boosts 155mm firepower

5th June 2017 - 09:33 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) and Army are set to field 155mm artillery batteries for the first time.

Both services have previously relied mostly on 105mm-calibre artillery pieces, but in late April the PMC took receipt of its first batch of three Soltam M-71 155mm L/39 towed howitzers after they were shipped from Israel.

Another nine guns are scheduled to be delivered this month, of which three will go to the PMC and six to the Philippine Army. This will give each service one battery of six M-71 howitzers each. 

Elbit Systems won this contract to supply howitzers, ammunition and an

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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