Bacolod City – The fighting capability of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division got a boost after being supplied with two units of the self-propelled 155-mm Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer System (ATMOS) 2000, by the Philippine Army.
Maj. Gen. Marion Sison, 3rd Infantry Division commander, said that the arrival of the ATMOS is a game changer to the Army’s focused military operations against the CPP-NPA terrorists in Western and Central Visayas.
As 3ID commander, Sison supervises nine Army battalions, with six assigned in Negros island, and an elite Special Forces unit in Bohol.
“These assets will bolster our internal security operations, and will largely contribute in the dismantling of the remaining CPP-NPA guerilla fronts Western and Central Visayas,” Sison said.
ATMOS 155mm has a maximum range of 41 kilometers, depending on the type of ammunition used.
The Philippine Army received 12 ATMOS howitzer units from the Israeli defense company Elbit Systems in December 2021. These were procured under the Horizon 2 of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Plan. (Gilbert Bayoran via tvds photo by tvds)