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A Philippine-Made Infantry Squad Vehicle Was Shown Off to the Military

Is this the future infantry vehicle of the Philippine Army?
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Malabon-based Anos Research Manufacturing (ARM) showcased its latest design to the Armed Forces of the Philippines: a light infantry vehicle dubbed "Charlie Squad Vehicle."

Photo by ANOS RESEARCH MANUFACTURING.
Photo by ANOS RESEARCH MANUFACTURING.
Photo by ANOS RESEARCH MANUFACTURING.
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The tactical vehicle was presented to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in February 2022, according to Global Business Press.

"The vehicle was designed in-house by the ARM engineering team, to meet the Philippine Department of National Defense's wish to expand the Philippines’ domestic defense capability," reads the report. 

According to ARM, the Charlie Squad Vehicle is a light infantry vehicle weighing 2.8 tons. It can be outfitted with a mortar or grenade launcher, a gun turret, or a rocket launcher. 

The vehicle's design can be adapted to different purposes. For example, an armored version can be manufactured to protect personnel. It can be used as a backup vehicle for protecting and securing high-value persons,  or used as a patrol vehicle in off-road terrain. 

History of Anos Research Manufacturing

ARM was founded by Alfredo Anos, Sr. in 1976 as a fire truck manufacturing company. ARM eventually carved a name in the Philippines as a premier manufacturer of fire trucks, equipped with innovations and inventions such as the Anos Fire Pump. 

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Fire trucks are still the main driver of ARM's success, but the company has begun expanding into the defense industry. Aside from the Charlie Squad Vehicle, ARM is also designing the ANOS light tactical vehicle. 

ANOS Light Tactical Vehicle

According to ARM, the ANOS Light Tactical Vehicle is "perfect for high profile missions and tactical incursions into enemy territory."

It has a specially designed STANAG 3 V-hull for IED protection and bomb dispersion with an armor-plating of at least STANAG 2 for the rest of the vehicle. It seats 11 personnel and has ample space for different military equipment or attachments.

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