DND to look for European military equipment

DND to look for European military equipment

The Philippines is serious in modernizing its Armed Forces of the Philippines.
This plan of the Department of National Defense is somewhat being seen as not being too much dependent on US made armaments.

Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana will visit five European countries to look into military equipment and platforms being offered by these nations.
Scorpene class diesel powered submarines from France (photo credit to owner)

The defense chief said he will be visiting France, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal this September.
"Mag-canvass lang muna. Window shop kung meron silang gamit na kailangan at gusto natin na kaya ng budget. (We will just window shop at first to determine if they have equipment we need and if we can afford it based on our budget)," he said.
Reporters asked Lorenzana what could be the priorities of the AFP in choosing in their military upgrade, Lorenzana said they will be looking into diesel-electric powered submarines manufactured by France.

"In France, it is their submarines," the DND chief said.
Using non-US made military equipment is not new to the AFP, the country has acquired two AW-159s "Wildcat" anti-submarine helicopters and 13 AW-109 helicopters, 10 attack and three combat utility versions from Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) and surface-to-air missiles from MBDA France, to cite some examples.

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Report from PNA

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