DND signs P5.5-B air surveillance radar deal for the PH Air Force

DND signs P5.5-B air surveillance radar deal for the PH Air Force


In a historic moment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP) it was just reported that Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has just signed a multi-billion contract for the acquisition of the Philippines for the much needed - Air Surveillance Radar System (ASRS) acquisition project.

Lorenzana signed the contract agreement and notice to proceed with a Japanese firm for the Philippine Air Force (PAF)'s Horizon 2 project.

The acquisition was a negotiated government-to-government procurement with Japan, it has an approved budget for the contract of PHP5.5 billion was awarded to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) with a total contract price of USD103,500,000.

"This cooperation signifies Japan’s first time to export Japanese-made defense equipment under a restructured government policy, permitting sales of defense equipment, as long as it is deemed for the promotion of international peace," the DND added.

The signed agreement is the  first defense equipment and technology cooperation project between the two countries in the realization of the agreement between Manila and Tokyo concerning the transfer of defense equipment and technology signed in 2016.

The Air Surveillance Radar System (ASRS) sites will cover large areas of the Philippine Rise, southern areas of the country, and the southern portion of the West Philippine Sea.

The ASRS will help to detect, identify, and correlate any threats and intrusions within the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and deliver radar images to decision-makers and relevant operating units, according to the DND.

All in all, the ASRS package includes three fixed long-range air surveillance radars, each with building facilities and a mobile air surveillance radar.

Delivery is expected to be delivered to the Philippines starting 2022. 


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