Army activates MLRS unit amid impending acquisition of Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System

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The Philippine Army activated today, October 3 the 2nd Multiple Launch Rocket System Battery (2MLRS Btry) in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

2MLRS Btry was activated amid report that the Philippine Army is in the process of acquiring used K136 Kooryong Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) being provided by South Korean government.

“The 2nd MLRS Battery is the 2nd unit formed to operate the upcoming K136 Kooryong MLRS systems from South Korea, wherein the Philippine Army is expected to receive three batteries of 6 firing units each,” MaxDefense Philippines said.

The 2MLRS Btry was activated along with 1st Land-based Missile System Battery (1LBMS Btry) both under Army Artillery Regiment (AAR) to help augment the troop’s firepower in large scale armed confrontation for internal defense and security engagements, the Army said.

The Army said the activation of the two AAR units is in line with Army’s development of air defense units and missile units.

“The Air Defense units will protect the force against air threats while the Missile units aims to deny areas of enemy approach as well as suppress their air capabilities,” the Army said.

“We put primacy on the activation of these units in order to continuously enhance our aviation and air defense capability as we operate with the intent to be a modern and well-equipped Army, to address fast evolving threats and finish the insurgency at the soonest time possible,” Army commander Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto said.