The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members recently conducted a combined arms live-fire exercise during Balikatan 22 at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in Tarlac, Philippines on March 31st, 2022.
The exercise included a variety of different military assets and tactics, such as Apache helicopter firing missiles, Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters, armored personnel carriers and Sokol helicopters. The exercise also included the use of HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) firing, which allowed for the troops to practice utilizing the system in a live-fire scenario.
This exercise was aimed to improve the interoperability of the two forces and enhance their ability to respond to different types of scenarios they may encounter in the field. It also provides an opportunity to validate and test their tactics, techniques and procedures in a realistic and dynamic environment. The exercise also highlighted the importance of combined arms and multi-service operations, which is essential for the success of any military operation.