According to a video released on the “DA-REAL Military Channel” YouTube channel on September 15, 2022, China has delivered CS/VP3 Bigfoot 4×4 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles as part of its military assistance to the Philippines for 2022.
On 9th February 2022, the first batch of 130 million RMB military donations from China was formally handed over to the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Philippines at the Lapu-Lapu Grandstand, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Metro Manila.
Citing information published on the video, the Philippine army has also received GQL-111 bridge layer vehicles based on an 8×8 military truck chassis. It is a scissors-type bridge that is transported and launched over the rear of an 8×8 cross-country truck chassis.
The CS/VP3 is an APC armored personnel carrier in the category of MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle) vehicle designed and manufactured by the Chinese Company Poly Technologies. The vehicle was unveiled at the DSA 2012, defense exhibition in Malaysia.
The CS/VP3 is based on a V-shaped hull and all-welded steel armor that provides ballistic protection against the firing of small arms 7.62x51mm caliber and 7.62x51mm with add-on armor. Land mine protection is provided against 8kg TNT all-around the hull and 16kg of TNT under each wheel. The CS/VP can accommodate a total of 12 soldiers, including the driver and commander. The troop’s compartment has a total of 10 individual seats, 5 on each side of the vehicle, facing inwards.
The CS/VP3 is motorized with an unspecified Diesel engine. The vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 100km with a maximum cruising range of 800 km.