PH troops learn mortar, anti-tank warfare from US experts

PH troops learn mortar, anti-tank warfare from US experts

MANILA – American experts on extended-range mortar and anti-tank missile operations provided lessons to Filipino troops during the subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) segment of the ongoing “Salaknib” exercises in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija province on Wednesday.

“Experts on extended-range mortar and ‘Javelin’, an anti-tank weapon extensively used in the Ukraine crisis, conducted lessons for Filipino soldiers at the SFS (Special Forces School),” said Philippine Army (PA) spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad in a statement Thursday.

Observers said the FGM-148 “Javelin” missile has proven effective in neutralizing tanks and other armored vehicles in the said conflict.

Aside from these, field artillery personnel from participating artillery units from the PA and the United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) conducted the counter unmanned aerial system SMEE at the headquarters of the Army Artillery Regiment which is also located in Fort Magsaysay.

“Filipino and US soldiers learned lessons, tactics and procedures from jungle environment and survival subject matter experts at SFS while Army aviators and medical personnel and their US counterparts conducted the aero medical evacuation SMEE at Army Aviation Regiment,” Trinidad said.

The first phase of “Salaknib”, which started on March 13 and will conclude on April 4, is an Army-to-Army training between the PA and USARPAC.

The ongoing exercises involve around 3,000 soldiers from USARPAC’s 25th Infantry Division and PA’s 5th Infantry Division, 7th Infantry Division and 1st Brigade Combat Team training side by side in a spectrum of military operations.

The exercise’s second phase is slated for the second quarter of the year. (PNA)

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