That failed bid was supposed to be for the supply of 81mm mortars right? Was any reason given for the failed bid? old news but the answer to your question..
Soldiers’ lives at stake
“The military cannot afford the loss of lives due to the failure of ammunition. It is the lives of our soldiers and the civilian populace that are at stake here and we give importance to the quality of our war materiel especially our ammunition,” Ibrado continued.
Records showed that about 30,000 rounds of 60 mm and 81 mm mortar ammunition were delivered by Israel-based ammunition dealer, Talon Security Consulting and Trade Ltd. on April 15 and Dec. 30, 2009 from Serbia.
The Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee, led by Col. Arnolfo Palmea, personally scrutinized and tested the ammunition supply prior to delivery.
Ibrado earlier said the ammunition had passed quality tests before their shipment to the Philippines. But supposed inconsistencies were discovered during the second round of inspection when the ammunition supply arrived in the country.
Among the inconsistencies found were markings of an 82 mm mortar instead of the 81 mm ammo specified by the military. The fuses of some of the weapons were those for 120 mm mortars, according to Teodoro’s spokesperson, Nelson Victorino.
But AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said Talon could have delivered the corresponding weapon in the intergovernmental military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
“The contract stated our specifications but it also said that the supplier can deliver the NATO equivalent,” Brawner told reporters Wednesday.