- Sep 28, 2020
- Reaction score
- Nation of residence
- Nation of origin
The Philippine Army (PA) is expected to receive an initial delivery of mini/IED search and clearance vehicles from British company Armtrac Ltd. between 2021 and 2022.
The specialialized vehicles, locally called Vehicle-Mounted Mine Detectors (VMMD), were ordered by the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) on April 2021 through a Government-to-Government (G2G) deal between the Philippine and UK defense ministries.
The vehicles, based on the Armtrac 100-350 Mk. 2 mine clearing vehicles, costs around PHP110.4 million (US$2.15 million) for 4 vehicles and accessories, and are part of the Philippine Army’s acquisition of new Combat Engineering vehicles, which also included assault bridges and specialized engineering vehicles
The Armtrac 100-350 Mk.2 is a wheeled vehicle with an armored cabin, capable of carrying 2 operators, and can operate a vegetation cutter on the rear robotic arm to clear high vegetation on roadsides, and a IED/mine detector on the front robotic arm to detect the IEDs together with a paint marker to indicate the position.
The vehicle also has a small excavator bucket, fitted to the rear robotic arm to allow some excavation of earth for exposure of buried explosive ordnances.
This will be the first of its kind vehicle in the Philippine Army, which could also open opportunities for Armtrac to market their other mine clearing vehicle models more suitable in open field combat operations.
The Armtrac 100-350 Mk. 2 IED-clearing vehicle. Photo c/o Armtrac Ltd. The Philippine Army (PA) is expected to receive an initial delivery o...