Good News!!! PCG test-fires 'state-of-the-art weapons system'

Good News!!! PCG test-fires 'state-of-the-art weapons system'


The much needed muscle for the modernizing Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is slowly being realized under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The PCG just test fired a state-of-the-art weapons system newly installed on six Coast Guard vessels on Saturday off Mariveles, Bataan.

The weapons system, the first-of-its-kind acquisition in PCG history, aims to improve the PCG's delivery of public service, particularly on maritime security and law enforcement in the vast waters of the Philippines, particularly in the West Philippine Sea, towards combating piracy and the proliferation of lawless elements at sea.

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The BRP Tubbataha, BRP Malabrigo, BRP Suluan, BRP Sindangan, BRP Cape San Agustin, and BRP Cape Engaño, six of the PCG multi-role response vessels participated in the initiative to "test-fire" the weapons system.

PCG Officer-in-Charge Vice Admiral Eduardo Fabricante and Israel's Defense Attaché Raz Shabtay presided over the Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) Capability Demonstration.

The RCWS has target tracking capability for day and night applications. The stabilized weapon and optics enable enhanced target observation, positive recognition of targets, fire and tracking on-the-move, and aiming at moving targets. Stabilization is enabled by using a dedicated array of gyros and electronics.

The Automatic Target Tracker assists the operator to acquire targets. This yields an excellent fire-on-the move engagement capability against both marine and on shore targets. Typical targets are fast ships and boats and aircraft, such as helicopters and low speed aircraft. Target acquisition is performed via either one of the video channels connecting the day camera and night vision camera to the operating console under deck.

Automated Target Tracking is possible via thermal channels, with the camera set to a narrow field of view. These capabilities implemented on fully stabilized platforms allow the operator to perform accurate aiming, firing, and achieving high first round hit probability on marine, shore, and even several types of aerial targets, as well as on maneuvering vessels in high sea conditions.

This state-of-the-art weapon system will also allow the PCG to better support the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Bureau of Customs (BoC), and other government agencies that are addressing terrorism, illegal drugs, and smuggling, according to Admiral Fabricante,


Utilizing government-to-government transactions, the PCG and Israel's Ministry of Defense collaborated on the acquisition of RCWS in December 2018. The pre-delivery inspection was held in August 2020. Afterwards, the delivery of the 24 units of .50 caliber heavy machine gun took place in November 2020. Together with representatives from the Israel Military Industries–Elbit Systems Ltd., the PCG commenced the installation of eight RCWS on eight PCG vessels in October 2021. The entire installation was completed in December 2021.







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