By Glen S. Ramos
PALAYAN City, Nueva Ecija — The Philippine Army Artillery Regiment yesterday concluded its first-ever three-day live-fire drill utilizing its Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm/52 caliber self-propelled artillery pieces in Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation Area in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.
The Army Artillery Regiment’s 1st and 2nd Self Propelled Batteries and the Artillery Training School (ATS) participated in the said drill.
The Philippine Army received 12 howitzer units in December 2021 from Israeli defense company Elbit Systems. The ATMOS 155 mm 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. The self-propelled artillery pieces are procured under the Horizon 2 of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Plan.
Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr. has lauded the Army Artillery Regiment for capacitating its personnel to utilize the newly procured weapons system that will bolster not just the Army’s internal security operations but also its territorial defense capabilities. (ai/mtvn)