Philippine Marines Gun Trucks
Date Updated: Tuesday December 07, 2004


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The Philippine Marines have started in house manufacture and conversion of up to 15 gun trucks to serve as convoy escorts in the areas where marines operate.  Unlike the first gun truck manufactured by the Corps, armor for these newer gun trucks are new and did not come from retired LVT5s.  It is planned that two gun trucks are to be allotted to each deployed marine battalion. 

It’s important to note that these gun trucks do not replace other Philippine Marine armored assets but are meant to free those for other missions.

Below are pictures of some of the finished gun trucks.  10 have been completed so far.

 

Manufacturing.  Manufacture and assembly is taking place at each marine brigade HQ.

Inside view.  Note the spaced armor.  The PMC tested the armored panels against 7.62mm ball & AP ammo.  The first layer is usually penetrated but the inner layer always stops the round. The notches on the side are meant for 7.62 mm mounts with shields.

Rear view.  Note the angle of the armor panels.

Another finished gun truck.  Note the differences from the first two above.  One major difference is the front mounted .50 cal mg. 
Other gun trucks have so far carried only two M60 mgs on the flanks.

Stern view of the "Daugog". 

Front view of Daugog.  Again, a different design from the original.

The 1st Marine Brigade has completed the first of its authorized gun trucks.  Another one is in the process of being modified.  The design varies from the regular gun truck pattern and is more reminiscent of the WW2 German halftracks.

Building

Completed

Another one…

With thanks to MBLT6.

Ambush!

Except from the 3MBDE after action report para 7

"HARDENED M35 TRUCK SAVED MARINE LIVES:  During the ambush, personnel on board the hardened M-35 truck suffered only two (2) slightly WIAs.  The protective armor of the truck enabled the troops to engage and aggressively counterfire the enemy."

Look closely and you will notice the penetration holes on the armor.  Most of these were stopped by the second layer of armor plate which contributed to the ineffectiveness of enemy fire and the low casualty rate.