During Balikatan 23, a joint military exercise conducted by the Philippine and United States forces, the two marines demonstrated their proficiency in handling a variety of weapons, including the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, M240B medium machine gun, Mk 153 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon, and javelin.
The M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle is a lightweight, magazine-fed firearm used by the United States Marine Corps. It is known for its accuracy and reliability, making it a valuable asset in combat situations. The M240B medium machine gun is also a popular choice for the United States military, known for its high rate of fire and versatility in various scenarios.
The Mk 153 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon, or SMAW, is a portable rocket launcher designed to destroy enemy fortifications and armored vehicles. It’s versatility and destructive power make it an essential weapon for ground troops. On the other hand, the javelin is a fire-and-forget anti-tank missile capable of accurately striking targets at long distances.
The demonstration of these weapons during Balikatan 23 showcased the military solid partnership between the Philippines and the United States and the high level of training and expertise of the marines involved in the exercise.