Infantry Weapons

Philippines acquires RPG-7 (USA) for anti-armour operations

13 January 2014

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has acquired 400 US-made RPG-7 (USA) 40 mm recoilless rifles that will be delivered to the Philippine Army by the end of 2014.

Speaking to IHS Jane's on 13 January, army spokesperson Captain Anthony Bacus said the new launchers, manufactured by US firm Airtronic USA, will enhance the mobility of the army's elite and mechanised infantry troops, as the RPG-7 (USA) is up to 60% lighter than the recoilless rifles that are currently in service. He declined to comment on the delivery schedule.

The new acquisition will replace the obsolete M18 57 mm and M67 90 mm recoilless rifles, which are currently in service.

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