Philippine Army to acquire rocket systems from South Korea
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Philippine Army to acquire rocket systems from South Korea

/ 10:02 PM October 03, 2019
Philippine Army activates the 2nd Multiple Launch Rocket System Battery, along with Army Aviation Regiment and 1st Land-Based Missile System Battery on Thursday, Oct. 3. OACPA

Philippine Army activates the 2nd Multiple Launch Rocket System Battery, along with Army Aviation Regiment and 1st Land-Based Missile System Battery on Thursday, Oct. 3. OACPA

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Army will soon receive multiple launch rocket systems from South Korea.

Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said South Korea donated two used batteries of K136 Kooryong multiple launch rocket systems on October 31 last year.

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One battery consists of up to six launcher tubes. It will be the first time for the Army to have this artillery capability.

Zagala said the Department of National Defense is still in the planning stage on how to pick up the rocket systems from South Korea. The costs of the transfer will be shouldered by the Philippines.

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The training of the Army personnel that will operate the systems has also yet to be discussed, he told INQUIRER.net.

Seoul is one of the biggest sources of military hardware for Manila. Both countries also have shared interests in ensuring regional stability.

The Army on Thursday activated the 2nd Multiple Launch Rocket System Battery at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija in anticipation of the impending delivery of the rocket systems.

Zagala said the upcoming assets can be used for both internal and external threats and will play a vital role in their efforts in fighting terrorism and communist insurgency./ac

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