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Saturday, October 28, 2023

ORD PABAC2-015-24 Shotgun, 12 Gauge Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army

A requirement for new 12-Gauge Shotguns was raised by the Philippine Army to meet its requirement to arm special operations units for close quarter battle (CQB) operations.

This resource page discusses the Shotgun, 12 Gauge Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army, specifically the project raised in 2023 but funded by allocations for 2024.

A US Marine firing a Mossberg 590A1 12-gauge shotgun during a training exercise. Photo credits to US Marine Corps.

Project Summary:

ORD PABAC2-015-24 Shotgun, 12 Gauge Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army:

Note: Edited as of 02 February 2024.

* End User: Philippine Army (multiple units)

* Quantity: 249 units

* Modernization Phase: GAA 2024 Funding for the Philippine Army

* Project ABC: Php16,732,999.20

* Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

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

* SARO Release: TBC

* Winning Proponent: Armscor Shooting Center, Tarlac Branch

* Product for Delivery: Presumed to be Armscor/Rock Island Arsenal PF14 shotgun

* Contract Price:

* Residual Difference (Savings): Php5,655,478.20

* First post by MaxDefense: 27 October 2023 (this post)

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag:

* Status: Requirement for 249 new 12-gauge Shotguns, to be delivered within 210 days from release of Notice to Proceed. Bidding was raised on 06October 2023 with SOBE tentatively scheduled on 26 October 2023, moved to 07 November 2023. Notice of Award released in favour of Armscor Shooting Center Tarlac Branch, part of Armscor Global Defense on 16 January 2024.


The Philippine Army has raised a requirement for 249 new manual pump-action 12-gauge Shotguns that are needed for either short-range close quarter battle (CQB) which this type of weapon excels, or anti-riot requirements where it can fire non-fatal rounds.

No specifics have been made on which unit will be using these shotguns, but they are expected to be for units from the PA Special Operations Command.

According to the tender documents, the delivery will be done in a single batch within 210 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:

Specs screen grabbed from Bid Documents.

It would be noticed that the specifications used for this project is quite new (only released in 2022) as it is very rare for the Philippine Army to acquire shotguns for their use.

Among the important details in the technical specifications are the for the shotgun to have a minimum 5-round capacity, folding or modular buttstock which can replace the standard fixed buttstock found on most shotguns, and its overall length of maximum of 33 inches (838mm) and maximum weight of less than 4.0kg.

An example of a folding buttstock. Photo credits to Pew Pew Tactical.

Also, the budget allocated (Php67,200 per piece) is normally the price of a high-quality shotgun coming from reputable companies. 

U P D A T E S:

02 February 2024:

Updates on the Shotgun, 12 Gauge Acquisition Project has been posted on PhilGEPS website, indicating that Armscor Shooting Center Tarlac Branch, which is part of the Armscor Global Defense, has won the project and received the Notice of Award as of 16 January 2024.

Based on the specifications especially on the barrel and overall length requirements, it appears that Armscor might have offered their PF14 shotgun.

It remains to be seen though if this analysis is correct since this is the only model within Armscor's product offering that meets the very short barrel and overall length requirements.

No contract has been signed as of this writing though, and it might take a few more weeks before this may happen.



First edit and release: 27 October 2023
Copyright MaxDefense Philippines / Philippine Defense Resource.

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