Lorenzana : Japan offers air defense radars to PH

Lorenzana : Japan offers air defense radars to PH

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte must have really made a sincere and true friendship with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , Japan is pulling all the stops to help the country in different aspects that really needs upgrading.

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Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last week confirmed that Japan has formally offered to country air defense radars, which if acquired by the Philippines, will definitely be a leapfrog in capability of the Philipine Air Force (PAF) surveillance and monitoring capabilities.

"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 to reporters.

The Secretary of Defense did not elaborate or gave any specific details on the air defense radars being offered to the Philippines but foreign media outfits have speculated it to be the  Mitsubish Electric's FP3-3 being used by Japan Air Self-Defense Force since 1991.

The country under the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP), is scheduled to receive five more radar systems, which is slated to begin 2018 and end on 2022.

Under the Horizon 2 and Horizon 3, which is scheduled to start 2023 to 2028, the AFP will start to acquire various equipments that will upgrade the country’s capability with respect to external defense capabilities.

DND has explained that the platforms eyed for acquisition under Horizon 2 and 3 are for  multi-role fighters, missile batteries, and diesel electric submarines and more modern detection and surveillance systems.

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