The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) of United States military will be brought to Palawan during the conduct of Balikatan 2016. This is after the firing of HIMARS rockets was demonstrated April 4 at Crow Valley, Tarlac that coincided with the official opening day of Balikatan.
According to Balikatan spokesperson Captain Celeste Frank Sayson American HIMARS will be brought to Palawan, however, there will be no live firing, instead, a “simulated firing” will be conducted. Two HIMARS are currently in the Philippines
“Simulated firing” will be part of the programmed maritime interdiction exercise off eastern Palawan.
In Crow Valley, the US Marines fired reduced-range practice rockets (RRPRs) Monday. These practice rockets has a range of 15 kilometers and ballasted with non-explosive material. HIMARS has a range of 300 kilometers and can engage ground, air, and sea targets.
There will be another live firing in Crow Valley this coming April 14 for the live-fire phase of the “Balikatan” exercises.
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