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D&S 2017: Russia donates equipment to Philippines

30th October 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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Russia handed over a cache of small arms and trucks to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on 25 October in a ceremony attended by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The donation comprised 5,000 7.62mm AKM rifles, a million rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition, 5,000 SSh-68 old-generation steel helmets and 20 Ural-4320 6x6 trucks.

Although an acceptance certificate viewed by Shephard described the assault rifles as the AK-74M, in fact it appears they are much older AKM weapons with wooden furniture, likely brought out of long-term stowage.

The AFP favours 5.56mm-calibre assault rifles rather than 7.62mm weapons. As with two

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

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