PH Army test fires its brand new Israeli-made howitzers

PH Army test fires its brand new Israeli-made howitzers

 

The modernizing Philippine Army has tested its new powerful equipment.

 

The Philippine Army test-fired its brand new Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer System (ATMOS) 155mm/52 caliber self-propelled artillery pieces from Israel.

 

Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said the live-fire exercises were held from April 6 to 8 at the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation Area in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

The Army received 12 ATMOS howitzer units in December 2021 from Israeli defense company Elbit Systems.  (Photo courtesy of Army Artillery Regiment)


Trinidad said the ATMOS 155mm howitzer system is a "shoot-and-scoot" weapon that can be rapidly deployed in rugged terrain.

"The weapon incorporates an 'inertial navigation system' (INS)-based gun-laying method and an automatic loader," he added.

The Army received 12 ATMOS howitzer units in December 2021 from Israeli defense company Elbit Systems

The Army received 12 ATMOS howitzer units in December 2021 from Israeli defense company Elbit Systems.  (Photo courtesy of Army Artillery Regiment)


The self-propelled artillery pieces are procured under the Horizon 2 of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Plan. It is worth PHP2.4 billion.

Trinidad earlier said the weapons would augment the existing 155mm towed-howitzers being operated by the Army Artillery Regiment.

"It is in addition to the existing fire support artillery guns, the 155mm-towed howitzers," he added.

 

 

 

 

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