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US Army deploys Mid-Range Capability in Philippines

The MRC weapon system (pictured above from its trials in June 2023) is a containerised version of the Mk 41 VLS that can be integrated and fired from the bed of a M983A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck. (US Army)

The US Army's 1st Multi-Domain Task Force (1MDTF) has deployed its Mid-Range Capability (MRC) weapon system – also known as the Typhon Weapons System – at Northern Luzon in the Philippines as part of Exercise ‘Salaknib 24', the US Army Pacific said in a press release on 15 April.

This deployment aims to enhance the Philippines' maritime defence capabilities, while bolstering interoperability and readiness within the US-Philippine Alliance, the US Army Pacific said.

The MRC – made up of four launchers, a battery operations centre (BOC), a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle BOC support vehicle, and battery reload capability – reached the Philippines aboard the C-17 Globemaster III airframe, the US Army Pacific added.

According to the US Army Pacific, the 1MDTF's MRC is a land-based, ground-launched system that enhances multidomain fires. The MRC launchers can fire the Standard Missile (SM)-6 and the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM).

Brigadier General Bernard Harrington, commander of 1MDTF, said, “The inclusion of MRC, combined with our subject-matter expert exchanges, is crucial for deepening our partnership [with the Philippines]. These efforts enhance our interoperability and demonstrate our shared commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Lieutenant Colonel Louie Dema-ala, the Philippine Armyʼs official spokesperson, told Janes on 16 March that the deployment of the MRC is temporary for the service. It will be used by the army only during Exercise ‘Salaknib 24' and the upcoming Exercise ‘Balikatan 24', he added.

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