Army soldiers to get brand-new M-4 rifles starting May PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2014 13:49

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.

“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.