Military Capabilities

Philippine Army activates aviation, rocket and missile units

07 October 2019

The Philippine Army (PA) activated three new units in a ceremony held on 3 October at Fort Magsaysay in the province of Nueva Ecija.

The activation of the Aviation 'Bagwis' Regiment (Provisional) (AvnR (P)), the 2nd Multiple Launch Rocket System Battery (2MLRS Btry) and 1st Land-based Missile System Battery (1LBMS Btry) "aims to strengthen the army's defence against current, emerging, and future threats", said the PA in a statement, adding that these units will play "a vital role in the army's fight against terrorism and the communist insurgency".

The PA pointed out that the Army Aviation Battalion has been upgraded to the AvnR (P) and will be maintaining its current fleet of fixed-wing aircraft for special aviation missions while it develops its capabilities in armed reconnaissance, air assault and air medical evacuation by using rotary-wing aircraft.

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