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The US Gov­ern­ment has re­solved to de­liver 114, M113A2 ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers (APC) to the Philip­pines. The al­lo­ca­tion will be ex­e­cuted as part of the Ex­cess De­fense Ar­ti­cle Pro­gramme, which rec­om­mends the sur­plus de­fence equip­ment be re­as­signed to for­eign gov­ern­ments or in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions at a re­duced price, or as a grant. The US de­liv­ered 77 units of M113A2 APC to help mod­ernise the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP). The coun­try paid around $1.4 mil­lion for the ship­ment of the APCs, re­ported De­fenseNews. Philip­pine Army spokesman colonel Ben­jamin Hao was quoted by As­so­ci­ated Press as say­ing: “These will def­i­nitely help us im­prove our sur­viv­abil­ity, pro­tec­tion of our troops.”

The AFP is due to re­ceive 37 units on De­cem­ber 14, 2015, with the re­main­ing units ex­pected to be de­liv­ered by the end of this month. The Philip­pines re­cently re­ceived 28 M113A2 ve­hi­cles from Is­rael. The coun­try is set to re­ceive used mil­i­tary equip­ment from both Korea and Aus­tralia, with Ja­pan con­tem­plat­ing the re­quest, re­ported the Wall Street Jour­nal. The M113 is a mil­i­tary-tracked ve­hi­cle de­signed to trans­port 12 sol­diers and a driver. It can also con­duct am­phibi­ous op­er­a­tions, ex­tended cross-coun­try travel over rough ter­rain, and per­form high-speed op­er­a­tions on im­proved roads and high­ways. More than 80,000 M113 ve­hi­cles are cur­rently be­ing used by at least 44 coun­tries world­wide.

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