Monday May 23, 2005
The Philippine Army operates a
variety of armored vehicles from either the US, Great Britain and some from
The majority of armored vehicles
are wheeled – V-150s, Simbas, and Chaimites. Tracked vehicles are M113s
and early model Scorpions.
- M113 – Over 100 delivered including
units later converted to M113FSVs.
- AIFV – 85 units delivered.
- V-150 -165 delivered including
10 V150S delivered in 1994. 20 passed on to the
- Chaimite – 20 delivered
- Scorpion – 41 delivered
- Simba APC – 150 units. Some have already
lost in combat with rebel forces.
– locally produced
The Kalakian (=Water Buffalo) APC
is a locally built armored vehicle, 20 of which have been ordered from the
manufacturer by the Philippine Army. It is armed with one 40mm AGL, one
7.62mm mg and one .50 cal mg. It is roughly based on the Simba armored
vehicle but is dimensionally larger and incorporates some changes to reflect the
army’s experience with the Simba (ie, heavier firepower and a different turret.
Due to its small size, the .50 cal Simba turret was limited in the amount of
firepower it could be adapted to carry, larger doors on both sides – the Simba
has a door on only one side)
Pictures of Army Simba APCs taken
in the area around Pikit, North Cotabato during Army operations against MILF
rebels in May 2003. The first picture below shows one of the few Army
Simbas armed with the 25mm Chain gun. The bottom picture shows the more
common .50 cal armed Simba. Note the rolls of concertina wire by the road.
Front view of the Simba.
Note the message in chalk. The picture below is interesting because it
shows the three types of armored vehicles in use by the AFP. Parked beside
the Simba is a
and V300. Also noteworthy is the front
window of the Simba. It shows delamination of the glass at base of the
screen as well as what appears to be a damage on the center of the screen.
It looks like it was hit by a round but did not penetrate. Somewhere out
there is a very lucky driver!