Philippines acquires utility military trucks from Chinese and Russian manufacturers

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The Philippine Army (PA) ordered and received 70 vehicles from Chinese producers to address its demand for more motorized assets.

The PA purchased the 70 trucks, which were separated into three types: 49 Light Troop Carriers, 18 Medium Troop Carriers, and 3 Field Ambulances, in a public bidding process in late 2020.

The PA verified that the trucks, which included 49 Beijing Auto Works BJ2022 light trucks, 18 Dongfeng EQ2098 medium trucks, and three Sinotruk Howo light duty trucks, were delivered to them in July 2021.

These trucks will be subjected to technical inspections to see whether they meet the technical criteria and requirements of the PA.

Jinyi Import and Export Trading Co. Inc., a local company that competed with local companies supplying trucks from Russia and South Korea, supplied the Chinese trucks.

The Philippine Army has typically purchased trucks from Kia Motors in South Korea through Government-to-Government (G2G) deals.

Page linked to Philippine Defense, according to one of MaxDefense Philippines’ investigations, EURO-4 emissions compliance has become an issue with Kia’s military trucks.

In related news, the Philippine Army granted a separate contract to another local company to provide light troop carrier trucks from Russia.

ConEquip Philippines, the winning company, is the local provider of GAZ and Ural trucks. They formerly provided both models of trucks to the Philippine National Police’s elite Special Action Force unit.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, the Philippine Army will get 90 vehicles, thought to be GAZ’s Sadko NEXT light trucks, by the end of the year.

The GAZ Sadko NEXT will be positioned between the Philippine Army’s existing fleet of Kia KM450 4×4 light trucks and KM250 6×6 medium trucks in terms of size and capacity.

Via: Philippine Defense Resource