80 assault rifles were a grant by the US government to the Philippine Army under the Military Assistance Program. Furthermore, the Philippine Army, through a modernization program, bought 44 mortars also from the US government under the Foreign Military Sales Program, the Army said in a press statement Monday, March 18, 2019.
Soldiers receive guns on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Assault rifles are the main direct firearms used by infantry forces participating in armed battles against enemies, while mortars are indirect weapons used primarily to support infantry.
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