PA-DOST joint project boosts Self-Reliance Defense Program

FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila - The Philippine Army and the Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) signed a deal on November 23, 2022 for the development of a locally-designed and produced automated gun mount that will be installed on the Army’s armored assets in a signing ceremony at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
Commanding General, Philippine Army (CGPA) Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., represented by Army Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Adonis R. Bajao and DOST-MIRDC Executive Director Robert O. Dizon signed the agreement for Project COBRA (Controller-Operated Battle Ready Armament). The Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines, represented by its president Engr. Mariciel M. Teopangco was likewise recognized in the ceremony for the organization’s commitment and support for the joint project.
Project COBRA demonstrates DOST’s commitment to help soldiers effectively fulfill their mandate to serve the people and secure the land and to bolster the Army’s Self-Reliant Defense Program (SRDP) which is envisioned to attain local production capability for war materiel and create a robust local defense sector, DOST Sec. Renato U. Solidum said in his welcome remarks.
”With the new design and integration of Project COBRA, we will acquire added strength in firepower capability, particularly for our armored assets. This endeavor also supports the local defense industry through the SRDP,” Maj. Gen. Bajao said in his remarks on behalf of the CGPA.
Photos by Private Divino S. Lozano PA/ OACPA