Russia likely to offer defense equipment during Duterte visit- DND

Russia likely to offer defense equipment during Duterte visit- DND

The ongoing efforts by the Duterte administration in fulfilling the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization program might get its major boost when the president visits Russia this week.
Department of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana  said that Russia most likely to offer President Rodrigo Roa Duterte various defense equipments during his second visit.

"Siyempre they will interest us to buy their equipment: transport helicopters, attack helicopters, multirole fighters, sh(i)ps, drones, tanks, etc. They will give us a catalog of their products for our consideration," Lorenzana said in a message to reporters when asked on what the President's visit to Russia.
Russian Kilo-class submarine
(photo credit to owner)
The Defense chief readily clarified that he is not privy on whether this offer will include the diesel powered Russian-Kilo class diesel submarines which it had offered before.
"Maybe. But I am not sure," Lorenzana stressed.

Russia committed to help Philippine defense needs

Last week, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev told reporters that Russia reiterates its commitment to help the Philippines strengthen its defense capabilities.

"Our country is committed to helping the Philippines increase defense capabilities," Ambassador Igor Khovaev told reporters during a press conference
"We are open to many options, we are ready to supply sophisticated arms and weapons to help the country in staff training, (on) joint drills and exercises we are ready to coordinate our efforts, and of course we want to transfer our best technologies in all of the developing countries," the Russian ambassador adds.

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