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General Purpose Vehicle (Pick-up) Acquisition Project (2021) of the Philippine Army

The Philippine Army is in need of more non-combat general purpose vehicles which can be used for non-combat operations in support of combat and support units.

The General Purpose Vehicle (Pick-up) Acquisition Projects of the Philippine Army are to provide these vehicles, which would provide additional mobility to combat and support units without relying on military vehicles.

Being commercial vehicles, these can be easier to maintain due to availability of numerous servicing shops and spare parts, compared to military vehicles.

For 2021, a requirement for 250 units of high-riding pick-up trucks was raised, which will be provided to army combat and support units. This will be in addition to more than 250 units already delivered to the Philippine Army since 2018.


Project Summary:

General Purpose Vehicle (Pick-up) Acquisition Project (2021):

Note: Edited as of 20 June 2021.
 
* End User: Philippine Army (multiple units)

Quantity: 225 units


* Modernization Phase:
 GAA 2021 Procurement Projects of the Philippine Army


* Project ABC:
 Php495,000,000.00


Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: Government Appropriations Act (GAA) 2021 funding of the Philippine Army

* SARO Release/s: 
N/A


* Winning Proponent: Toyota Balintawak


* Product for Delivery: Toyota Hi-Lux 4x2G Pick-up


* Contract Price: Php477,675,000.00

* Residual Amount: Php17,325,000.00

* First post by MaxDefense: 20 June 2021

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag: #PAGPVPickup2021Acquisition


* Status: Project was implemented through Public Bidding, with SOBE held on 07 January 2021. Toyota Balintawak was declared the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bidder, and awarded the tender on 15 February 2021. MaxDefense PH believes pick-up to be supplied is Toyota Hi-Lux 4x4, similar to those delivered a few years ago. No contract signed yet as of June 2021.

Overview:

The Philippine Army is in need of additional utility vehicles which can be deployed with front-line units for general transport requirements including as staff vehicle, or for non-combat transport requirements.

Based on a new set-up started by the Philippine Army a few years ago, each battalion are provided with a few 4x4 pick-up trucks which the battalion commander can use as staff vehicle, which means freeing units of using military vehicles like the Kia KM450 truck for staff transport and other non-combat transportation needs.

The Philippine Army has started deploying Toyota Hi-Lux 4x2 high-riding pick-up trucks for these task starting in 2018, which won an earlier tender for more than 200 units to be assigned in most combat battalions in Mindanao.

First batch of Toyota Hi-Lux pick-up trucks delivered in 2018 to the Philippine Army. Photo shared exclusively to MaxDefense PH.

These vehicles were seen used also as troop carriers for small-unit urban operations or for standard troop movement. Being un-armored, the Philippine Army avoids using them for ferrying troops in rural areas, to avoid risk of ambushes.

Apparently the system, together with assigning light motorcycles for liaison duties, was deemed workable and was accepted very well, giving more mobility to Army battalions without relying too much on combat vehicles. This means the Philippine Army would probably order more pick-up trucks for similar duties, as many more battalions are in need of such vehicles, while battalions that currently have such vehicles may need more.

Photo shows one of the Philippine Army's Toyota Hilux pick-up truck used as a troop carrier in urban areas. Photo credits to Ranger Cabunzsky (Col. Harold Cabunoc) Youtube channel.

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20 June 2021:

The General Purpose Vehicle (Pick-up) Acquisition Project (2021) of the Philippine Army was awarded to Toyota Balintawak, one of the dealerships of Toyota Motors in the Metro Manila area. The Notice of Award (NOA) was released in favour of Toyota Balintawak on 15 February 2021.

This means that the vehicle to be delivered will be a Toyota model, most likely the Toyota Hilux in 4x4 variant. Previously the model delivered to the PA was the Hilux 4x2G, and its most likely that Toyota Balintawak will supply the same model.

So far, no contract has been awarded although it is expected that this could happen anytime soon, with the vehicles most likely delivered before the end of 2021.

Photo screenshot from PhilGEPS website.

 


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First edit and release: 20 June 2021
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