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Philippine Army receives Sabrah light tank

The Philippine Army's Armor Division said that it has received Elbit's Sabrah ASCOD II light tank (pictured above). The tank is equipped with a 105 mm main armament cannon, a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun, and a fully electric turret drive. (Elbit Systems)

The Philippine Army has received a Sabrah ASCOD II light tank from Israel始s Elbit Systems.

In a social media post, the Philippine Army's Armor Division (AD) said that it has received one Sabrah light tank based on the ASCOD platform and the tank will be used by the 1st Tank Battalion of the AD.

The tank is equipped with a 105 mm main armament cannon, a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun, and a fully electric turret drive, the AD said. The tank provides ballistic protection of up to NATO standardization agreement (STANAG) 4569 Level 4.

鈥淭he Sabrah light tank further improved the AD's capabilities in providing lethal firepower for both internal and external security operations,鈥 the AD added.

鈥淭he rest of these assets will arrive in early 2023, which is composed of wheeled and tracked Sabrah light tanks that would beef up the 1st Tank Battalion's fleet of armoured vehicles,鈥 the AD continued.

In January 2022, Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, the Philippine Army's official spokesperson, told Janes that the service had ordered 20 tracked Sabrah ASCOD II light tanks and 10 wheeled Sabrah Pandur II direct fire support vehicles from Elbit.

In January 2021, Elbit also announced that an Asia-Pacific country had ordered Sabrah vehicles worth USD172 million.

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