First-time export: Israel sells Sabrah hybrid tank with 105-mm gun

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MANILA, ($1=50.02 Philippine Pesos) – As a base for its first light tank, Israel used the Spanish-Austrian BMP ASCOD and added a module with a 105-mm cannon of its production, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Defense Express.

Photo credit: Elbit systems

In December 2021, the Philippine Armed Forces will receive 20 Sabrah light tanks armed with 105 mm guns. The contract for the supply of these combat vehicles worth 172 million dollars is being implemented by the Israeli defense company Elbit Systems.

An agreement to supply these combat vehicles was signed by Israel and the Philippines in January 2021. To date, Israel has not produced or exported light tanks.

Israeli Sabrah tanks will be the first light tanks with 105 mm guns in the Philippine Armed Forces.

It is known that the Philippine Army currently has only seven light tanks from the era of the Vietnam War FV101 Scorpion with 76 mm guns, as well as several armored personnel carriers M113A1, armed with 76 mm guns L23A1.

It should be noted that the Sabrah light tank is essentially a hybrid of the chassis of the Spanish-Austrian infantry fighting vehicle ASCOD and the combat module from Elbit Systems, which includes a 105 mm cannon, 7.62 mm machine gun, 7.62 mm machine gun.

The equipment also includes a fire control system, a laser rangefinder, and a panoramic sight in the form of an optoelectronic head. The turret drive is fully electric with stabilization in both planes. The additional tower is equipped with a set of eight smoke grenade launchers [four on each side of the tower].

Ammunition on a 105 mm cannon of the Israeli light tank Sabrah – 36 shells, 12 of which fit in the automatic loading.

As we reported in mid-October last year, Israel’s proposal competed with three other proposals. The first was presented by the Korean Hanwha Systems concern with the K21-105 structure based on the K21 infantry fighting vehicle chassis with the Cockerill XC-8 turret system. The second, in turn, is the Turkish Otokar concern with the Arma 105 structure based on the chassis of the Arma wheeled armored personnel carrier with the Cockerill CT-CV turret system.

The third is the Indonesian company PT Pindad with the Harimau / Kaplan MT light tank developed in cooperation with the Turkish company FNSS. All these vehicles are to be armed with 105mm rifled guns.

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