The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the Department of National Defense (DND)’s Ground-Based Air Defense System (GBADS) Acquisition Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program on June 6, 2019.
The SARO released for said project has an amount of PHP 1,027,012,500.00 which will be used for partial payment of the total cost.
SARO is an authorization issued by DBM to an agency allowing to incur obligation for specified amounts contained in a legislative appropriation.
DBM said the SARO will “cover the FY 2019 cost for the implementation of Ground-Based Air Defense System Acquisition Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.”
In December 2018, former Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. said that the deal for acquisition of 3 GBADS from Israel is nearing conclusion.
“2019 is particularly sweet, a giant leap in our quest to defend our precious skies, and keep our nation free,” former PAF chief Lieutenant General Kintanar said.
National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed in January 2019 to state-run news agency PNA that Philippines will acquire the SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) air defense system developed by Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.