DND will acquire 12 units 155mm howitzer (photo : Rowielip)
Mar. 5, 2014 Defense Studies
Philippine gov't to purchase 12 howitzers
MANILA (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government said Wednesday that it would acquire 12 units of 155-millimeter howitzers in its bid to upgrade the army's capability to fight leftist rebel group New People's Army (NPA) and the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.
The Department of National Defense (DND) said the government is spending 438.6 million pesos (9.78 million U.S. dollars) to purchase the weapons.
The DND said it will conduct a bidding, which will be open to local and foreign contractors on March 11.
The government said the additional howitzers will be used by the Philippine Army which is at the forefront in the fight against the NPA and the Abu Sayyaf.