The Philippine Army (PA) announced that its brand-new M-4 automatic rifles will be delivered starting this May to July.
This was confirmed by Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, PA spokesperson, in an interview with the Philippines News Agency.
“Deliveries will start this May up to July,” he said.
The PA acquired 63,000 M-4 automatic rifles to replace its Vietnam-era M-16A rifles.
These new weapons will be immediately issued to line units.
Each M-4 is worth P38,402.10 each and the entire order is estimated to be worth P2.4 billion.
The M-4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M-16A2 assault rifle. It is a gas-operated, magazine-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapon with a telescoping stock and 14.5 inch (370 mm) barrel to ease close quarters combat.
It fires the .223 caliber, or 5.56 mm NATO round. PNA