Three firms eye bullet supply deal

Posted on August 07, 2015

THREE PARTIES have already signified interest in one of two of the multimillion contracts of the Department of National Defense (DND) which involves the manufacture, supply and delivery of rifle ammunitions for the military.

According to the DND Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), three bidders bought bid documents -- priced at P50,000 per set -- for the P91.4-million contract for more than three million rounds of SS109 5.56 mm (ball, linked) ammunition.

The Bids and Awards Committee, however, was not able to immediately respond to BusinessWorld’s request to disclose the companies participating in the bidding.

Opening of bids is scheduled on July 18, 2015 at the BAC Conference Room of the DND Building inside the military’s stronghold in Metro Manila -- Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

The 5.56-mm round is an ammo type normally used by the military for their standard issue rifles including the M60 rifle series, as well as the M240.

The bullets will be supplied to the largest service branch of the 150,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine Army, which comprises more than half of the country’s military at 80,000.

The military is also in the market for more than a million rounds of 7.62-millimeter ball rounds, another type of rifle ammunition for a contract price of P41.9 million.

In a previous interview, DND Spokesperson Arsenio R. Andolong said that the two ammo types is normally produced from the Government Arsenal (GA), but cited that the Defense department is procuring these to meet the required volume of rifle ammunition for the year 2015.

The Philippine military, through the GA, normally manufactures ammunition for rifles and pistols on its 370-hectare industrial estate in Limay, Bataan.

The purchase of more than four million rounds of rifle bullets comes at a time when the Philippines is dealing with a tense territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, over an area supposedly rich in minerals, aquatic resources as well as a valuable international trade route. -- Alden M. Monzon