US donates P807M worth of surveillance system to PH Air Force

US donates P807M worth of surveillance system to PH Air Force




The United States of America just gave the Philippine Air Force the much needed equipment’s that it will be needing in patrolling the country’s maritime territories.
The cost of the donation, training and transfer cost is worth P807 million.

Department of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the ceremonial acceptance, blessing and turn over of the "Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response System" (SABIR) at the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing Fixed Hangar, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim during the turn over ceremonies in Villamor Air Base in Pasay (photo credit to PNA)
"(SABIR will be used) for patrolling the West Philippine Sea, Philippine Rise and the Sulu Sea," Lorenzana added.

The Philippines which lacks a competent and modern military surveillance system will definitely benefit from this donation of the US. Aside from its military purpose the Defense Secretary  it can be used in the surveying of areas devastated by weather disturbances.

"Also, we can use this for surveying devastated areas by typhoons, before and after, so that we can assess the damages," he added.

Lorenzana explains that this new equipment will not be the sole asset that will be used by the Armed Forces of the Philippines since there are other assets with ISR ((intelligence, surveillance and recon) capabilities like the ScanEagles, Cessna 208Bs and TC-90s planes donated by Japan.

"I don't know if we will get some more but I think we only use this once in a while, maybe it's not everyday we'll use this because we have other assets like the (ScanEagle) drone, we have the (Cessna 208B) Caravan also and then we have the TC-90s of the Navy," he added.

The "Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response System" (SABIR) is a "bolt-on, bolt-off" avionics module for the Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo plane which served as the Philippine Air Force's main intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system.

The addition of ISR equipment which has  upgraded the aircraft with advanced command-and-control, communications, computer, and surveillance capabilities without sacrificing the C-130's primary function as a cargo plane.

 

The SABIR donation to the Philippines is part of the US Southeast Asia Maritime Security under US President Barrack Obama, one of its primary goal was to beef up the Philippines’ Air Force capability in conducting maritime domain awareness, airborne command-and-control, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities.

 

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