The Philippine Army tested the 6/28 newly acquired M113A2 (APC) on Monday (September 21) at Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.

The six APCs from Israel are equipped with remote controlled 50 milimiter machine gun. This can minimize the number of war casualties from the military.

Defense Secretary Gazmin and AFP Gen. Iriberri actually watched the testing of the APCs. The AFP modernization fund financed the procurement of the 28 APCs with a total cost of 800 million Pesos, added by Gazmin.

114 more APCs donated by the US are about to arrive before the end of the year.

Specification:

Weight 12.3 tonnes (13.6 short tons; 12.1long tons)
Length 4.863 metres (15 ft 11.5 in)
Width 2.686 metres (8 ft 9.7 in)
Height 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in)
Crew 2
Passengers 11 passengers
Armor aluminum 12–38 millimetres (0.47–1.50 in)
Main armament
M2 Browning machine gun
Secondary armament
varies (see text)
Engine Detroit Diesel 6V53T, 6-cylinderdiesel engine
275 hp (205 kW)
Power/weight 22.36 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar, 5 road wheels
Operational range
480 km (300 mi)
Speed 67.6 km/h (42.0 mph), 5.8 km/h (3.6 mph) swimming
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