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The Sabrah light tank is being delivered to a country “in the Asia-Pacific region” by the Israeli company Elbit Systems. According to information that has not been officially confirmed, the country is said to be the Philippines. There were already reports in October 2020 that the Republic of the Philippines had selected the Sabrah to equip the land forces. Accordingly, 18 Sabrahs should be ordered on tracked chassis and ten on wheeled chassis. There is also an Ascod-based command and recovery vehicle. The contract value is the equivalent of around 140 million euros. The general contractor Elbit has commissioned General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS, Spain) to supply Ascod 2 tracked platforms and Excalibur Army (Czech Republic) to supply Pandur II wheeled platforms as carrier vehicles for the chassis. The tanks armed with a 105 mm cannon are to be delivered within three years.

Photo: GDELS

The Sabrah light tank weighs 30 tons. The manufacturer praises the high firepower and high mobility. In addition to the two-man 105 mm manned turret, both platforms receive a number of Elbit subsystems, including electro-optical sights, fire control systems, TORCH-X battle management systems, E-LynX software-defined radio systems and logistical surveillance systems.

The Ascod is already used as a platform in Austria, Spain and Great Britain. The Pandur is in use in Austria, the Czech Republic, Indonesia and Portugal.

Gerhard Heiming