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Israel delivered self-propelled howitzers to the Philippines


The Philippine Army has received self-propelled howitzers from Israel.

Elbit Systems, an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense and homeland security programs around the world, manufactured the 12 Soltam ATMOS 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers.

According to a report in the Inquirer, the Philippine Army ordered two batteries from Elbit Systems for a contract price of P2.4 billion through a government-to-government agreement with Israel. Military Leak revealed the deal between Israel and the Philippines regarding the purchase of a howitzer in May 2020.

In military parlance, a “battery” is a collection of multiple artillery systems; in this case, 12 units of Israel’s Soltam ATMOS 155mm form two batteries for the Philippine Army.

What is ATMOS?

ATMOS is an acronym that stands for Autonomous Truck-Mounted Howitzer System. It is a self-propelled howitzer, also known as locomotive artillery, which means it can move independently toward a firing position without the need for something to pull or push it.

This allows the Army to be more mobile in terms of artillery support, saving valuable time during critical operations.

“Elbit Systems’ ATMOS is a 155mm/52 caliber truck-mounted howitzer that offers the advantages of superior firepower, enhanced mobility, and rapid response time. Highly adaptable, the modular ATMOS system is compatible with any 6×6 or 8×8 high-mobility tactical truck,” Elbit Systems writes.

“ATMOS supplies fire support for all types of missions and can be easily interfaced with customers’ existing systems… ATMOS incorporates an embedded electronic suite, automatic laying system and automatic loading system. The advanced electronic suite effectively enables accurate navigation and autonomous operation, reduced crew size, increased firepower, and high-precision accuracy.”

A Very Powerful Artillery

The ATMOS 155mm self-propelled howitzer is regarded as one of the most powerful and effective pieces of artillery available in modern warfare. The ATMOS is armed with 155mm 39, 45, and 52-caliber barrels. The range of the 53-caliber barrels is up to 41 kilometers.

Army Technology ranks it among the top ten most effective self-propelled artillery systems in the world.

“The ATMOS is a computerized 155mm self-propelled artillery system produced by Elbit Systems. It is a light, long-range, highly mobile artillery system addressing the critical requirements of today’s land forces,” writes Army Technology.

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