Philippines: The Philippine Department of National Defence is planning to complete this month negotiations for the acquisition of three Israeli-made surveillance radars worth P2.68 billion that will be used to monitor disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea. Department officials have completed the pre-negotiations for the project, which seeks to boost the country’s capability to detect aerial intrusions, according to Eduardo Batac, Defense Undersecretary. The three radars would be acquired from Israel Aerospace Industries- Groups Elta, through government-to-government transaction.
“This is very important. This should precede the acquisition of all our air defense aircraft. We have to have the eyes, the ability to detect intrusions into our airspace before we can even scramble our air assets,” said Batac. Defense officials from the Philippines and Israel have signed an implementing agreement that provides the guidelines for the formal negotiations. “The radars can also be used for civil aviation purposes, noting that the country derives income from aircraft flying within its airspace,” added Batac.
Source: CBN news