PH, US troops to hold mock close air support for Balikatan 2021

PH, US troops to hold mock close air support for Balikatan 2021


The Balikatan Military exercises between mutual defense allies – Philippines and the United States is in full swing.

As announced military troops participating in the military exercise will be conducting a “simulated close air support” (SIMCAS) exercise at the Col. Ernesto Ravina Air Base (CERAB), Capas, Tarlac on April 20.

Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, and Balikatan 2021 exercise director said the exercise will “simulate the need to employ air capability while observing the procedures involved during (a) call for fire.”

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CERAB is formerly known as the Tarlac Military Testing Ground.

“The intent of every iteration of Balikatan is for both armed forces to train together on defense and security leveraging on the capability, experience, and strength of their friendship,” Arevalo said.

He explains that the Balikatan military is done primarily to ensure interoperability in terms of command, control, computers, communications, intelligence, surveillance reconnaissance, (C4ISR), and Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEEs).

The 36th Balikatan Exercise kicked off April 12 and will conclude on April 23.


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