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Israeli defense firm completes delivery of 12 155-mm. howitzers to PHL

The Department of National Defense on Monday said nine more Israel-made 155-mm 39 caliber towed howitzers (M-71) have arrived in Manila.

The Defense department said the howitzers purchased by the government from Israeli company Elbit Systems Land arrived at the Port of Manila on Friday.

The delivery completed the 12-howitzer purchase of the government from Elbit Systems Land.

The first three howitzers were delivered on June 8 and were subsequently turned over to the Philippine Marine Corps.

Three of the newly-delivered howitzers will be turned over to the Marines and the remaining six, to the Philippine Army.

The Philippine News Agency reports that the defense contract was originally priced at P438.62 million, which includes the purchase of 240 units of 155-mm high explosive shells and integrated logistic support.

The Israeli company won the bid with an offer of  P410.84 million. —ALG/KVD, GMA News