US Marines showcase rocket firing in Balikatan

MANILA - US Marines participating in this year's Balikatan exercises test-fired six reduced-range practice rockets using the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System or (HIMARS) at the Crow Valley complex in Tarlac last Monday.

According to Capt. Celeste Frank Sayson, Balikatan spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine troops were present to observe the firing exercise which used rockets stripped of explosives.

He also said that this was the first time the rocket system was used on Philippine soil.

The HIMARS platform will be used again during the Balikatan live fire exercises in Crow Valley on April 14.

The HIMARS or the M142 HIMARS is a light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a truck.

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