The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has more than sufficient reserves to deploy should there be needed for security operations in other parts of the country.
“[Despite deployment of four armoured battalions in Marawi City] we have more than appropriate armoured units for our ongoing [security] campaigns,” said AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.
He said the existing Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) is composed of a minimum of three brigades with each brigade consisting of two to three battalions.
A mechanized battalion consists of around 30 to 36 vehicles each.
MID public affairs office chief Capt. Emman Adriano said their deployment in Marawi City now consists of four mechanized battalions, one cavalry squadron and one light armoured troop.
“All of our newly acquired armoured vehicles are now deployed in Marawi City,” he added.
These units consists of more than 120 armoured vehicles of various types.
Also seeing action are the 28 armoured vehicles fitted with different types of remote-control weapons systems with .50 caliber, 25mm and 90mm guns.
The above-mentioned armoured units were upgraded by Israeli defense manufacturer Elbit Systems Ltd for PHP882 million last 2014 and delivered in 2016.
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