The first Mitsubishi Electric’s improved J/FPS-3 air defense radar for the Philippines is currently under pre-delivery inspection by a team from the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Japan, according to a social media post from the Japanese Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) on Monday (Oct. 3). It is expected that the radar will be delivered to the Philippines in the coming weeks.
While the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) did not specify the radar types after the contract signing, it is widely believed that the Japanese-made improved J/FPS-3 fixed-site and mobile J/TPS-P14 radars are the ones that are being ordered. These radars are Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) types with a maximum detection range of over 300 km.
These radars will be deployed in strategic locations across the Philippines to monitor the airspace above the South China Sea, including the Southern part of the Philippines and the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) region in the Philippine Sea.
The ATLA has also announced that starting Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) will accept students from the PAF to start training them to operate and maintain the radars.
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