The Philippines Department of National Defence Bids & Awards has announced a Government-to-Government procurement with Japan for air surveillance radars.
The contract is under the Horizon 2 Air Surveillance Radar System (ASRS) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force.
The air surveillance radars will be procured from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) at a contract value of US$103 million.
As per the notification made by the Philippine DND, “The ASRS package includes three fixed long-range Air Surveillance Radars, each with building facilities and one mobile Air Surveillance Radar, and are expected to be delivered to the Philippines starting 2022.”
“The planned ASRS sites will cover large areas of the Philippine Rise, Southern Areas of the country, and the Southern portion of the West Philippine Sea. Operations from these strategically vital locations will enable the Philippine Air Force to provide optimal airspace monitoring, aircraft control, perform its Air Defense mission and enhance the security in Areas of Interest identified by the DND. Specifically, 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, “ the DND, said in a statement announcing the deal.
The deal is the first defence equipment and technology cooperation project between the two countries in realization of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of Japan concerning the Transfer of Defence Equipment and Technology signed in 2016.
The move by Japan to sell air surveillance systems to the Philippines also marks the island nation’s export drive under a restructured government policy, permitting sales of defence equipment, as long as it is deemed for the promotion of international peace.
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