Friday, August 28, 2015

Army to issue new, improved rifles


From the Website of Philippine Army
links:  http://www.army.mil.ph/pr/2015/aug/270815_2.html


Army to issue new, improved rifles

FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army is preparing to issue the newly procured and improved 5.56 R4A3 carbine rifles to its troops as soon as the required inspections and tests are finished.

The Army has procured a total of 56,843 carbine rifles as part of its capability upgrade program. Out of this total procurement, 44,186 rifles are now on-hand of which 24,300 are now ready for issuance and 19,866 still has to undergo ballistic test for record purposes.


A ballistic test by the PNP Crime Laboratory uses the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS). The IBIS is a computer-based system which has the capability to capture, store, rapidly compare and retrieve digital images of cartridge casings (shells) and bullets for the purpose of connecting or tracing this to the guns from which these were fired.

The procurement of new firearms is part of Revised AFP Modernization Act under RA 10349 signed in December 2012 that aims to develop a credible strategic Armed Force and the professionalization of the AFP.

With these new upgraded weapons, the Philippine Army is on the right track of transforming into a modern Army that our country deserves to have. #

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