From 06-08 April 2022, students from the 1st and 2nd Self Propelled Batteries and Artillery Training School (ATS) under the Army Artillery Regiment, PA with Fires Center, TRADOC, PA completed the 3-day Live Fire Exercise as culminating activity of the month long In-Country Training of the ATMOS (Autonomous Truck Mounted howitzer System) held at Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation Area, Nueva Ecija.
Elbit Systems Land & C4I has finally delivered the Soltam ATMOS 155mm/52cal self propelled howitzers for the Philippine Army. These were acquired under the 155mm Howtizer, Self Propelled System Acquisition Project as part of the Horizon 2 phase priority projects of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program. The Soltam ATMOS uses the MAN cabin-protected off-road truck platform.
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. The Philippine Army boosted its artillery firepower with the newly acquired ATMOS 155mm, Self Propelled Howitzers. 12 units were delivered last December 2021 as part of the modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
ATMOS is a 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled gun system manufactured by Israeli military manufacturer Soltam Systems (now Elbit System). The ATMOS is fitted with a 155 mm/52 calibre ordnance which conforms to NATO Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU), and is mounted on a 6 × 6 cross-country truck chassis. With a 155 mm/52 barrel, a 41 km maximum range can be achieved, using Extended Range Full-Bore – Base Bleed (ERFB-BB) projectile, 30 km firing the NATO L15 High Explosive (HE) projectile and 24.5 km firing the older M107 HE projectile.