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ORD PABAC2-006-24 Combat Reflex Sight (Red Dot) Acquisition Project (2023) of the Philippine Army

A requirement for new Red Dot Combat Reflex Sights for assault rifles was raised by the Philippine Army to meet its current, and potentially near-future requirements to equip new assault rifles being acquired simultaneously.

This resource page discusses the Combat Reflex Sight (Red Dot) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army, specifically the project raised in 2023 but funded by allocations for 2024.

An Aimpoint CompM4 red dot sight on an AR15 rifle. Photo credits to The Shooter's Log.


Project Summary:

ORD PABAC2-006-24 Combat Reflex Sight (Red Dot) Acquisition Project (2023) of the Philippine Army:

Note: Edited as of 04 February 2024.

* End User: Philippine Army (multiple units)

* Quantity: 5,050 units

* Modernization Phase: GAA 2024 Funding for the Philippine Army

* Project ABC: Php249,975.000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: GAA 2024 Funds for the Philippine Army

* SARO Release: TBC

* Winning Proponent: TBA

* Product for Delivery: TBC


* Contract Price:
 TBC


* Residual Difference (Savings): TBC

* First post by MaxDefense: 15 October 2023 (this post)

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag:
 #PACombatReflexSight2023Acquisition

* Status: Requirement for 5,050 new Red Dot Combat Reflex Sights for assault rifles, to be delivered in 1 batch within 180 days from release of Notice to Proceed. Bidding was raised on 10 October 2023 with SOBE tentatively scheduled on 24 October 2023, later moved to 03 November 2023, then to 17 November 2023. Project was declared cancelled as of 13 December 2023, although the Philippine Army's website indicated the project was re-opened and SOBE was scheduled on 17 January 2024, which moved to 23 January 2024, then to 06 February 2024.

An Aimpoint CompM5b red dot sight. Photo credits to Aimpoint.

Overview:

The Philippine Army has raised a requirement for 5,050 new Red Dot Combat Reflex Sights that will be mounted on assault rifles. Based on the quantity involved, we believe that these rifle red dot sights would be installed on the rifles being acquired in the same timeframe. We also expect that both items. together with the acquisition of almost the same number of 9mm pistols, are meant for the same combat unit, possibly the planned two new Brigade Combat Teams that are to be brought up in 2024-2025.

According to the tender documents, the delivery will be done in a single batch within 180 days from release of Notice to Proceed (NTP). If the first bidding attempt succeeds, we estimate that the combat reflex sights will all be delivered by 3rd quarter of 2024.

The technical requirements have been released with the following details:





Screengrabbed from Bid Documents.

Among the important details in the technical specifications are the housing material (aluminium alloy), housing construction (fully sealed and watertight), magnification (1x) and red dot size (2 MOA). Usually military-spec red dot sights have these features as they are expected to be used in heavy-duty and rough conditions compared to civilian-spec models.

Also, the budget allocated (Php49,500 per piece) is as expensive as an assault rifle itself, so we expect the products to be offered are military-type models from well known suppliers.

If SIG Sauer enters the assault rifle tender, it is expected that they might also enter in the combat reflex sight tender. Photo credits to Ricardo Torres @ Pinterest.



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12 December 2023:

The PhilGEPS procurement website has posted that the tender has been closed and post-submission process is ongoing.

This is good news considering the other project where these red-dot sights would be installed, the 5.56mm Carbine Acquisition Project, appears to be pushing ahead and did not fail during the tender submission.

We'll see in a few months if this project will proceed to awarding or failure.

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04 February 2024:

The project was declared cancelled as of 13 December 2024, although the Philippine Army's website posted a new Invitation to Bid with the project's SOBE scheduled on 17 January 2024, which was moved to 23 January 2024, then to 06 February 2024.

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First edit and release: 15 October 2023
Copyright MaxDefense Philippines / Philippine Defense Resource.







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