The Philippine Army showcased its latest military hardware at a static display held at the Hunters ROTC Parade Grounds, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila on March 21, 2022. Philippine Army Major Units (PAMUs) such as the Artillery Regiment, Armor Division, the 51st Engineer Brigade, and Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) displayed newly acquired military hardware during the event which is part of the month-long commemoration of the 125th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army.
“These new weapon systems can be used not just for internal security operations but also for territorial defense operations,” Commanding General Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., remarked. “We are developing not just our internal security operations capability but also our capability to defend our territory from external aggressors,” he said.
The 525th Engineer Combat Battalion, the humanitarian assistance and disaster response unit of the 51st Engineer Brigade, displayed water search-and-rescue (WASAR) and collapsed structure search-and-rescue (CSSR) equipment donated by the Japanese government last year. Meanwhile, the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) showcased latest high-powered firearms that will bolster the capability of ground units.
The Artillery Regiment displayed its brand new Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer System (ATMOS) 155 mm and towed howitzers while the Armor Division showcased its armored mortar carrier equipped with 120mm mounted mortar systems. It confirmed that the ATMOS contract has a value of PHP2.386 billion (USD47.2 million) and features the supply and delivery of 12 units. 15 units of M125A2 Armored Mortar Carrier (AMC) with 120mm Mounted Mortar System (MMS) were delivered by Elbit Systems of Israel on December 29, 2021.