Modern ‘digital army’: PA supports shift to advanced technology in ground warfare
The Philippine Army (PA) continues its transformation into a “digital army” as defined by its Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., as part of the Army Modernization Program by acquiring and mastering the use of advanced technologies in modern warfare.
On Wednesday, the Army’s main ground force showcased its enhanced Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting Acquisition and Reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) capabilities. , in the presence of Brawner himself, other senior military officials and Israeli representatives. .
According to army spokesman Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, the demonstration of the army’s capabilities in C4ISTAR operations was carried out by the office of the Palestinian Authority Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications of command and control and computer systems (OG6).
The PA’s integration demonstration of its recently acquired C4ISTAR, which includes a new combat management system platform, was carried out at Army Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, in coordination with officials from Elbit Systems from Israel.
From howitzers and tanks to systems and technology, Israel has supplied and shared state-of-the-art weapons and communications systems to the army, and even radar and missile systems to the navy and army. air.
Elbit Systems signed a multi-million contract in 2019 to help improve and upgrade the Army’s C4ISTAR skills in three components. The project also includes the delivery of unmanned aerial systems.
Utilizing, operating and upgrading the Army’s C4ISTAR capability through the delivery of modern equipment was a major overall component of the revised modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Trinidad said that during the demonstration, the OG6 also simulated a tactical operations center using C4ISTAR equipment.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority’s First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR) and the Indonesian Army‘s Komando Cadangan Strategis Angkatan Darat (Kostrad) teams continued to hone their interoperability and capabilities across a wide range of operations. members of the Indonesia-Philippines Ongoing Training Activity (TA DOLPHINE XIV-2022) in West Java, Indonesia.
Trinidad said TA DOLPHINE XIV-2022, which is being held until July 24, focuses on the exchange of information, tactics, techniques and procedures in counterinsurgency operations.
FSRR Chief of Staff Col. Samuel G. Yunque during the personnel exchange discussed urban operations focusing on the Battle of Marawi, while Kostrad’s Deputy Deputy Intelligence Col. Colonel Muhammad Aidi, shared lessons learned in their campaign against the Free Papua separatist movement in West Papua.
The FSSR and Kostrad teams also shared lessons on tactical combat casualty care, culminating in a hands-on mission and raid planning exercise. Teams from both armies also held close combat exercises.