Foreword to AFP Army Infantry Gear

The history of the Philippine fighting arts and armed fighting units in the pre-Spanish period when barangays, or communities, had warriors (called timawas) which transported their warriors on caracoas, large warships that was used for transport to fight other factions. Each barangay was headed by a datu, or chief. During the colonial era, Spanish military units had mixed Spanish soldiers and conscripted Filipinos.

The Katipunan was an armed secret society that battled the Spaniards and was formed in 1892, with members numbering several thousand in 1896. In 1897, the Katipunan was replaced by a more formal revolutionary army. With the Treaty of Paris signed, the ownership of the Philippines was transferred off to the United States. Brief fighting began with Filipino and American forces. Against overwhelming odds, the Filipinos surrendered and their forces were integrated to the US Military.

The National Defense Act of 1935 officially established the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines.)

In 1941, all Philippine military units were officially integrated and made part of the US military. The unit was called the United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE) and its commander was General Douglas MacArthur. Due to the close historical ties with the United States, the AFP shows heavy influence from the US military. Its rank system, tactical structure, and other nuances mirror that of the US armed forces.

While the Philippine Armed Forces do have domestic manufacturers and suppliers for military equipment, such as for load bearing equipment and rifles, the local industry and sources are not capable enough to fully equip them. Therefore, donated or offloaded surplus US Military gear is commonly used, along with equipment purchased from overseas suppliers such as Israel, India, South Korea, China, Russia, and many others.

Due to the kaleidoscopic variation of Philippine military equipment, particularly within the Army, equipment crossovers can exist between Regular Infantry and Special Forces units. For example, both Special Forces units and regular army units may use PASGT helmets or the same type of locally produced plate carriers.

AFP CAMOUFLAGE

AFP DPM   The Philippine Army and Air Force have been utilizing a copy of British DPM [1]  since the early 1990s and has been the mainstay camouflage pattern for both branches ever since. Patrol caps, boonie hats, load bearing equipment, armor vests, and rucksacks are produced in this pattern.

AFP DPM

The Philippine Army and Air Force have been utilizing a copy of British DPM[1] since the early 1990s and has been the mainstay camouflage pattern for both branches ever since. Patrol caps, boonie hats, load bearing equipment, armor vests, and rucksacks are produced in this pattern.

PHILARPAT   A variant of HyperStealth Industries’ CAMOPAT offering was recently introduced in August 2016 that will gradually replace the dated DPM uniforms of the Army. This green variant, known as PHILARPAT, had its colors specifically chosen for the Philippine’s natural heavy jungle vegetation environment.

PHILARPAT

A variant of HyperStealth Industries’ CAMOPAT offering was recently introduced in August 2016 that will gradually replace the dated DPM uniforms of the Army. This green variant, known as PHILARPAT, had its colors specifically chosen for the Philippine’s natural heavy jungle vegetation environment.

AFP Helmets

PASGT Helmet   Part of the Personal Armor System for Ground Troops, which was comprised of a helmet and vest unit issued to US troops starting around the early 1980s. Surplus helmets are abundant among Philippine military stock. The AFP and other foreign military units can be seen using the same helmet today. At times, a DPM helmet cover will be used with the helmet and special forces units will use a light green helmet cover more often.

PASGT Helmet

Part of the Personal Armor System for Ground Troops, which was comprised of a helmet and vest unit issued to US troops starting around the early 1980s. Surplus helmets are abundant among Philippine military stock. The AFP and other foreign military units can be seen using the same helmet today. At times, a DPM helmet cover will be used with the helmet and special forces units will use a light green helmet cover more often.

ACH/MICH Helmets   These helmets, occasionally worn by infantry units, are either donated/loaned from the US as surplus or are privately purchased. Just like its PASGT counterparts, these helmets are used in conjunction with infrared strobe lights and night vision devices. These are more commonplace in regular infantry units with higher ranking officers who can easily purchase their own equipment, or better funded special forces units.

ACH/MICH Helmets

These helmets, occasionally worn by infantry units, are either donated/loaned from the US as surplus or are privately purchased. Just like its PASGT counterparts, these helmets are used in conjunction with infrared strobe lights and night vision devices. These are more commonplace in regular infantry units with higher ranking officers who can easily purchase their own equipment, or better funded special forces units.

OpsCore Fast Helmet   The OpsCore Fast Helmet is one of the latest technologies in military head protection. It sports railed side rails that allow for hearing protection, lights, and mandibles to be mounted. It features adhesive velcro that allow placement of IFF patches and flags. The helmet comes in several iterations, a ballistic version with Level IIIA protection, and a “PJ” helmet that offers only bump protection.

OpsCore Fast Helmet

The OpsCore Fast Helmet is one of the latest technologies in military head protection. It sports railed side rails that allow for hearing protection, lights, and mandibles to be mounted. It features adhesive velcro that allow placement of IFF patches and flags. The helmet comes in several iterations, a ballistic version with Level IIIA protection, and a “PJ” helmet that offers only bump protection.

AFP Combat Gear

Interceptor Body Armor

Interceptor Body Armor

MKU Body Armor

MKU Body Armor

AFP Personal Kit

DPM Combat Shirt

DPM Combat Shirt

ALICE Load Bearing Equipment

ALICE Load Bearing Equipment

US Load Bearing Vest

US Load Bearing Vest

Jungle Boots

Jungle Boots

ALICE Rucksack

ALICE Rucksack

AFP Army Rucksack

AFP Army Rucksack

AFP Infantry Reference Gallery

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