MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be receiving its first set of new M4 rifles by July, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said.
Gazmin said the first 100 units will arrive in the country next month, then 27,200 more by August, and another 23,000 units by December.
He said the new M4 rifles, which will come from United States-based Remington arms company, will replace the AFP's M16 rifles.
"Buong Armed Forces itong pinapalitan natin ng mga baril... Ang idea dito ay mapalitan na natin yung mga luma nating M16, papalitan natin ng bagong Remington M4," he said.
According to Gazmin, the AFP has also acquired 21 helicopters, four of which are already in Clark, Pampanga. "Ina-assemble na, hinahabol, kung pwedeng maipakita namin during the Air Force anniversary."
"Meron pang tatlo en route so palagay ko nasa dagat na ngayon...at maidadagdag natin hopefully bago matapos ang July," he said, adding that they are hoping to get all 21 units before the year ends.
The defense secretary said the AFP will also get two trainer aircraft by September 2015, and also 10 fighter aircraft.
"Yung armor vehicle ng Army at saka yung mga radio, nasa pipeline na lahat yan, hopefully within the year," he added.
"Marami na rin naman tayong nakumpletong project. Unti-unti nang nararamdaman ng ating kasundaluhan yung mga gamit na nakukuha natin, mga nabibili natin. Ito ay para sa Armed Forces," Gazmin said.