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DND leads send-off rites of "game changer" guns to Mindanao

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 4:09 PM by Catherine Cueto

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DEPARTMENT of National Defense (DND) Officer-in-Charge Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino, Jr., on Thursday, led the send-off ceremony for two batteries (eight guns) of the Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer System (ATMOS) 155mm self-propelled guns that will be used in conflict-areas of Mindanao.

The ceremony was held at the Philippine Army Grandstand, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila. 

"These assets are considered game-changers as they will certainly bolster the Armed Forces of the Philippines's (AFP) internal security operations for a decisive victory against enemies of the state. We are optimistic about your capability," Faustino told members of the 10th Field Artillery "Rolling Thunder" Battalion (155-SP), the mother unit of the ATMOS self-propelled guns. 

"Thus, we expect you will contribute significantly to our peace efforts in all conflict-affected areas that you will be deployed," he added.

In a statement, Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., called on 10FAB troopers to further enhance their core competencies so they can "effectively and efficiently operate and maintain" the Army's game-changer weapons systems.

The Rolling Thunder Battalion serves as the mother unit of the three batteries of ATMOS self-propelled guns acquired from Israeli defense company Elbit Systems late last year. 

The "Rolling Thunder" Battalion was activated on June 2022.

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