UNITED DEFENSE MFG CORP breaks the barrier!
For the first time, the Myanmar Army used their UDMC rifles and carbines in the recent ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) held in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac last December 2016 to improve their standing in the AARM, particularly in the Falling Plates Match where they bagged Silver placing second to the 2015 overall champion Thailand Army. Watch the Myanmar Army perform once again next year in the AARM as they gain more experience on their UDMC rifles.
Prior to this, Myanmar had been scouting for military grade rifle makers that can produce rifles that deliver better performance particularly in the aspect of ACCURACY. The Philippines-based firm responded by making its rifles---the F5-DGIS and F5-PVAR--- available for the selection process, for use by the Myanmar Army in the AARM.
The Myanmar Army had subjected the UDMC rifles---the M16 format 5.56 NATO F5's--- to rigorous selection process on the basis of safety, reliability and accuracy.
Former UDMC Vice President International and now Sgt-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, retired Army Lt General Roland Detabali together with retired Major Philip Manlapaz, weapons and security consultant of Anflo-Tadeco have brought UDMC rifles to the selection process in Myanmar in 2014 and spent sometime in Nay Pyi Taw demonstrating the quality of UDMC rifles.
“The Myanmar Army is very thorough in the tests that they had conducted, they wanted absolute reliability and accuracy which our rifles can definitely deliver,” Detabali said.
Cariño said they had also proposed to the Myanmar Army to put up a manufacturing plant in Myanmar under a “Build Operate and Transfer Technology Program” and bring UDMC technology to that country.
UDMC is a 100 percent Filipino-owned privately-held corporation, research-based rifles manufacturer that produces both the DGIS direct gas impingment system and has also engineered and improved on the design of the M4 and M16 by incorporating their patented PVAR piston driven system that combines the strengths of the AK-47 and the M16. UDMC has developed their own Technical Data Package using design and programming softwares from Dassault Systèmes of France.
Detabali and Manlapaz are Army Scout Rangers and had participated either as member or commander, during their respective time in service with the Philippine Army, in the annual ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM). They are military veterans in conflicts with various threat groups in the Philippines.
“Having a rifle that could deliver rounds to the target with maximum reliability and accuracy and with consistency is a cutting edge in the battlefield…We all know that from our combat experiences,” Manlapaz said.
UDMC rifles a few years ago passed the rigorous tests and evaluations conducted by the Philippine Army Research and Development Center, The Philippine Army Marksmanship Training Center, the Philippine Navy Special Operations Group (SEAL), the Philippine Air Force SPOW and the PNP Special Action Force for its safety, reliability and accuracy. Today, it has supplied and/or about to supply the needs of our AFP, notably the Philippine Army which also used 20 UDMC rifles in the AARM to bag 71 medals, an awesome feat from only 4 medals in 2015 when they were using other foreign made “match grade” barrels on their Colt rifles. UDMC has also received a Notice of Award and a Notice to Proceed to supply the requirements of the Presidential Security Group in protecting our highly popular President Rodrigo Duterte. The Philippine Air Force will also be supplied by UDMC next quarter of this year.
In the meantime, UDMC is developing a new model of carbines specific to the rigorous requirements for SPEED and ACCURACY of the Philippine Army in the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet. Watch this carbine model in the next AARM.
For years, UDMC rifles had also been relied upon by American and British maritime security contractors led by the Trident Group (U.S.) and Infinite Security Solutions (U.K.) in protecting international shipping against pirates prowling the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Both companies are composed of former Navy SEALs in their respective militaries.
Aside from the caliber 5.56 NATO rifles and carbines, UDMC also produces the 7.62 NATO semi-automatic precision rifles. They will be launching next month their 7.62 BLK rifles.