For the first time in history of United States – Balikatan training. US Marines brought the HIMARS for familiarization and demonstration of its capability to the Philippine Armed Forces.
US marines from 2nd platoon fired six Reduce-Range Practice Rockets (RRRR) utilizing two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) at Crow Valley Philippines.
The Rockets used in HIMARS has a maximun range of 15 kilometers and contain non explosive materials.
The high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) is the newest member of the multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) family. HIMARS is a highly-mobile artillery rocket system offering the firepower of MLRS on a wheeled chassis. HIMARS was developed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control under an advanced concept technology demonstration (ACTD) programme, placed in 1996.
The purpose of HIMARS is to engage and defeat artillery, air defence concentrations, trucks, light armour and personnel carriers, as well as support troop and supply concentrations. HIMARS launches its weapons and moves away from the area at high speed before enemy forces locate the launch site.