Military Capabilities

Battle of Marawi pushed Philippines troops to novel equipment usage

16 April 2019

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed.

During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and local terrorist groups, the AFP had to rapidly transition from its more traditional focus on jungle warfare towards fighting across built-up urban terrain, AFP sources said on 10 April at the Pacific Area Special Operations Conference (PASOC) in Honolulu.

AFP ground forces, for example, re-rolled 105 mm artillery guns into direct fire weapons to support "building-to-building and street-to-street operations" throughout the city, an official said, adding that soldiers had used noodle boxes and string to foresight artillery guns to engage targets out to 200 m.

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