GTG (gov't-to-gov't) is the best way for PH to procure submarines for the Navy

GTG (gov't-to-gov't) is the best way for PH to procure submarines for the Navy

How can the Philippines procure an advance and complex military material when there is even no budget to addressed the other basic needs of the country?

Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, answers this question simply- through government-to-government procurement.
Phil Navy FOIC Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad (photo credit to owner)

PN FOIC explains that the GTG (government-to-government) eliminates the very complicated and strict procurement process, one example of which is when the Philippines entered into a GTG set up when we bought our brand new air assets from South Korea- the FA50 light attack aircraft.

"I think the best way (to acquire submarines) is to include G-to-G (Government-to-Government) para nawala yun complication ng procurement (so that there will be no complications of the procurement process) but it (still) depends on the President," Empedrad said.

The Navy chief also made mention of the "soft-loan" proposal extended by the Russian government for the Philippines with respect to their Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines which is very advantageous to the Philippines as no budget has been allocated for this ambitious submarine acquisition program.

Empedrad still clarifies that there is no final deal yet.

The country is still evaluating other offers from Germany and South Korea with respect to the submarines they are offering for the Philippine Navy.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was quoted that Russia is very much willing to offer the country the most advance version of the Kilo-class submarines, through “soft loans” but clarified that the country is still looking at other sources.

Lorenzana said that for an island nation like the Philippines, its defense can be considered incomplete without a fleet of submarines.

"For a nation with maritime territory specially island nation, its national defense is incomplete without (a) submarine," he added.

An effective active submarine force is a great deterrent for would be aggressors due to its stealth capability underwater, always having the element of surprise.

The Russian Kilo class submarines has a total surface displacement of 2,350 tons, 73.8 meters in length and capable of speeds up to 20 knots and can be armed with a variety of torpedoes, missiles  and naval mines.


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