The Armed Forces expects to recieve more than P3.41-billion worth of equipment under its modernization program this year, the military announced Thursday.

Eight brand new combat-utility helicopters worth P2.657 billion are set to be delivered by Nov. 18, according to a report by the AFP Modernization Program (AFPMP) Management Office.

The new equipment is expected to enhance the Air Force’s capability to combat terrorists, rebels, and other threat groups, the report said.

Also expected this year are 20 upgraded helicopters, three multi-purpose attack crafts for the Navy, and 81-millimeter mortar ammunition and tubes for the Army.

Two Coast Watch Stations in the south are also expected to be upgraded with new radar systems this year.

The Presidential Security Group, meanwhile, expects to get 33 units of multi-purpose rocket launchers (MPRL).

“The MPRL aquisition project was approved through the AFPMP by the PSG in view of the recent developments in addressing international terrorism which necessitates the upgrading of PSG’s capability to interdict both conventional and unconventional vehicle-borne attacks,” the modernization office said. (John Roson)

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