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General Discussion => AFP Modernization & Defense Acquisitions => : adroth January 01, 2017, 12:32:27 AM

: Rocket Launcher Acquisition Project
: adroth January 01, 2017, 12:32:27 AM
The first hint that the Philippine Army was seriously looking into acquiring RPGs was reported in the 2008 AFP Modernization report, by way of the following table in the document.
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Copies of the September 2010 edition of the Capability Upgrade Program (CUP) status report that circulated in the latter half of this year made mention of the acquisition and described it as being in an advanced stage of the process. During the 114th Anniversary of the Philippine Army, LGEN Arturo Ortiz revealed that an acquisition of 335 units of rocket launchers were indeed being acquired. Subsequent inquiries with Timawans in the service then confirmed that this announcement did in fact refer to the RPGs revealed in the 2008 report.

Airtronic USA, Inc. was selected to supply 400 US-made RPG7 rocket launchers, and associated 40mm rockets, as part of a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) deal. While components of this deal have reportedly been delivered, reportedly difficulties with the source company has impeded progress of this acquisition.

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: Re: Rocket Launcher Acquisition Project
: adroth May 17, 2017, 11:44:25 PM
Background on the delays. Note how the events happened after the PA's selection of the weapon.

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Creditors approve Airtronic USA's bankruptcy reorganization plan
Sept. 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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http://www.upi.com/Creditors-approve-Airtronic-USAs-bankruptcy-reorganization-plan/67541380226549/

PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The majority of Airtronic USA's creditors have approved an amended Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, paving the way for its acquisition by Global Digital Solutions.

The small arms manufacturer filed its reorganization plan in August with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, which will hold a confirmation hearing next week.

Global Digital Solutions Inc., which announced the creditor vote, said the plan will allow Airtronic USA to emerge from Chapter 11 with "adequate working capital to compete effectively as an innovative leader in small arms manufacturing."


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AirTronic USA Announces New Company Operations and Imminent Release of Innovative Defense Systems
22 Sep, 2015, 06:00 ET from AirTronic USA

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/airtronic-usa-announces-new-company-operations-and-imminent-release-of-innovative-defense-systems-300146367.html

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AirTronic USA announces that it has finalized the relocation of their new headquarters facility now located in Spring Branch, Texas. Spring Branch's centralized location facilitates more efficient and effective interaction with strategic partners and customers in the region and on either U.S. coast.

Following the establishment of the new headquarters, the Company has resumed full production status and reinvigorated their corporate R&D department resulting in the imminent release of new systems for use in the defense industry. AirTronic's Precision Shoulder-fired Rocket Launcher systems offer a safe, reliable and effective solution, enhanced by a custom-design sighting system resulting in significantly improved accuracy. Two new rocket launcher designs are under development for U.S. manufacture by Q2, 2016.