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Ayoshi

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DND mulls Acquisition of Medium Tanks
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:34:17 PM »
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This was emphasized by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when asked by the PNA Wednesday on whether the ongoing conflict in densely-packed Marawi City, where Maute Group terrorists converted concrete houses and buildings into fortified fighting positions, necessitates the acquisition of a main battle tank fleet.

"Not really. We do not expect a lot Marawi-type conflict in the future. Therefore a couple of medium tanks would do: for contingency in urban warfare and for training," he added.

Lorenzana also defines main battle tanks as vehicles weighing 40 tons or more and carrying a large-caliber gun while medium tanks are those weighing 20 tons or less and equipped with a medium-caliber but powerful cannon but capable of breaching reinforced concrete walls.

As this develops, Mechanized Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Emman Adriano said they are now using with great effect the newly-acquired armored vehicles in their ongoing operations in Marawi City.
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Re: DND mulls Acquisition of Medium Tanks
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 07:51:26 AM »
Frankly the medium tanks are a better fit for the job than the prior plan of acquiring wheeled tank destroyers. They sport better armor and can support additional armor to defend against other heavy armored vehicles. Also the turrets they carry usually use similar firepower to MBTs. There is the added bonus that some of them can become and are amphibious.

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Re: DND mulls Acquisition of Medium Tanks
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2017, 10:57:27 AM »
He is referring to a fire support mission. He might have made a mistake; anything below 20 tons is light tank category, while between 20 to 40 tons are medium tanks.

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Re: DND mulls Acquisition of Medium Tanks
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2018, 03:53:06 PM »
Philippines, Bangladesh interested in Kaplan MT | Janes - 10 September 2018
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The Philippines and Bangladesh have shown interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT), Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Windu Paramata, the head of the MMWT project at Indonesia’s PT Pindad, as saying on 7 September.

Paramata said the two countries had expressed willingness to buy 40-50 units each. “In October, we will be demonstrating medium tanks there as a condition for the procurement of defence equipment in their countries,” he said, adding that the Indonesian defence ministry is also mulling to procure the Kaplan MT, but is still evaluating the number of units to be acquired.

FNSS-PT Pindad Kaplan MT MMWT (Tiger medium tank)
http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1703.0