Lorenzana: Japan offers air defense radars to Philippines

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On Thursday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confimed that Japan government is offering the country air defense radars, which if acquired, will boost the surveillance and monitoring capabilities of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

“Yes, they are offering to us their latest radars. It is one of the platforms being evaluated by the PAF. To monitor aircrafts and seacrafts traversing, entering or leaving our territory” Lorenzana said in response to the reporters when asked about the matter.

Though Lorenzana did not give further details on the said air defense radar, but international media reports stated that this is the Mitsubish Electric’s FP3-3 being used by Japan Air Self-Defense Force since 1991.

Under the revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP), which is slated to begin 2018 and end on 2022, the country is about to acquire five more radar systems.

Under Horizon Two and Three, which is scheduled to start in 2023 to 2028, the AFP will start the acquisition of equipment that will boost our external defense capabilities.

The two phases reportedly eyed multi-role fighters, missile batteries, and diesel electric submarines and more modern detection and surveillance systems.

Source: Hukbodotcom

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