The BUHAWI (Building a Universal Mount for Heavy-Barrel Automated Weapon Integration), a fully automated .50 caliber machine gun designed and developed by the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) was recently handed over to the Philippine Navy (PN). The BUHAWI project is a collaboration between the DOST-MIRDC, PN, and the Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines (MRSP).

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña leads the ceremonial hand-over of Building a Universal Mount for Heavy Barrel Automated Weapon Integration (BUHAWI) Miniature to the Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana during the 124th founding anniversary of the Philippine Navy.

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DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña turns over to DND Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana the BUHAWI during the celebration of the PN’s 124th founding anniversary.
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The BUHAWI project team (from L to R): Engr. Remartin S. Maglantay; MRSP President Engr. Mariciel M. Teogangco; Ms. Lina B. Afable; DOST-MIRDC Deputy Executive Director for Technical Services and BUHAWI Project Leader Engr. Jonathan Q. Puerto; DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, DOST-MIRDC Executive Director Engr. Robert O. Dizon; and Engr. Rodnel O. Tamayo.
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Project BUHAWI works toward the improvement of firepower capability of navy floating assets.

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Project BUHAWI is in support to the Department of National Defense (DND) “Self-Reliant Defense Posture Program” (SRDP) to be self-sufficient in basic military requirements by manufacturing our own weapons, small arms and ammunition, tactical communications equipment, basic land vehicles and small sea crafts, among others.

with photos by DOST-MRDI, PN, MRSP, Fortunato de la Pena

Watch the Project Briefer below.

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