A United States M142 High Mobility Rocket Artillery System (HIMARS) was loaded in a KC-130J Super Hercules April 6 at Clark Air Base, Philippines during the conduct of Balikatan 2016.
“After loading the HIMARS, the aircraft and crew of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing flew the HIMARS for the first time in the Philippines,” the US Marines Corps said, at the same time releasing photos of the loading.
However, the location where the HIMARS was being sent was not mentioned. There are two HIMARS currently in the Philippines, as reported.
On April 4, the US Marines fired 6 practice rockets using HIMARS at Crow Valley in Tarlac. There will be another live firing in Crow Valley this coming April 14 for the live-fire phase of the “Balikatan” exercises.
In earlier report, Balikatan spokesperson Captain Celeste Frank Sayson said HIMARS will be brought to Palawan but there will be no live firing, instead, a “simulated firing” will be conducted. “Simulated firing” will be part of the programmed maritime interdiction exercise off eastern Palawan.
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