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AFP’s modern firepower, assets to highlight 125th Independence Day rites

PASIG CITY, (PIA) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is all set to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence as they are set to showcase modern firepower and assets during the Civic Military Parade.

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AFP’s defense capabilities include four (4) ground-based air defense systems surface-to-air missiles, two (2) Autonomous Truck-Mounted Howitzer System 155mm self-propelled artillery will feature in the civic-military parade, while two A-29B Super Tucano, one AH-1S Cobra attack helicopter, two Blackhawks, and two AW-109 naval helicopters will take the skies.

Likewise, 34 motorized/mechanized assets will join a division-size marching troop while 26 aircraft will cruise over Manila as part of the fly-by contingent.

The AFP aims to highlight its gains in its modernization and transformation programs and its enhanced capability and capacity to defend national sovereignty and territory as it shifts from its internal security priorities.

The theme for the 125th Philippine Independence celebration is “Kalayaan. Kinabukasan. Kasaysayan.” (AFP/PIA-NCR)

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