PH open to acquire military planes and naval boats from Spain- Lorenzana

PH open to acquire military planes and naval boats from Spain- Lorenzana

Things are really looking up for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Having in mind anything can happen in the West Philippine Sea, slowly but surely the Philippines is modernizing its military.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last month said the country is open to the possibility of acquiring planes and boats from Spain after the latter expressed its desire to participate in the AFP modernization program.

Phil Air Force C-295, made by Spanish company-CASA, inset is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana(photo credit to owner)

Lorenzana in an interview said that the Philippines and Spain should have a MOU ( Memorandum of Understanding) before both countries can enter a defense deal.

“Mag MOU muna bago tayo magkaroon ng mga military to military exchanges. Iyun ang ginagawa natin. (There should be an MOU first before we have military to military exchanges. That what we do),” Secretary Lorenzana said.

“Of course, all countries making (planes) boats can participate in the program. Their boats have to pass our TWG (Technical Working Group) inspection and comply with the TOR (terms of reference) and technical specifications in accordance with the needs of the end user. Then they have to participate in the bidding,” the defense chief said.

The company EADS CASA, a Spanish aircraft manufacturer, previously Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA). It became the Spanish branch of EADS in 1999 and was absorbed by Airbus Military in 2009, has been identified by the defense chief where we can possibly purchase our much needed airplanes and boats.

“Iyung company ng (The company of) CASA makes airplanes also boats. Remember that Spain was once a world power, naval power before kaya marunong silang gumawa ng (that’s why they know how to make) boats,” he said.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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