Israel, Japan, US eye to supply air surveillance radars to Philippines

With the next batch of Philippine Air Force (PAF)’s air surveillance radars being acquired through government-to-government (G2G) transaction, Israel, Japan, and United States are all eyeing to ink the deal.

The Philippines has acquired initial three air surveillance radars from Israel under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program First Horizon.

According to MaxDefense’s sources, the Department of National Defense (DND) and PAF are under pressure from Israel’s Ministry of Defense through International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT), Japan’s Ministry of Defense, and US Department of Defense through Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) as the project will be done through G2G process.

Israel is eyeing to again supply IAI Elta Systems ELM-2288ER & MR AD-STAR, Japan eyeing to supply Mitsubishi Electric J/FPS3ME, and US with Lockheed Martin AN/TPS-77.

“Currently IAI Elta Systems has advantage on having the AD-STAR already in use by PAF and easier integration to PAF’s network. It is also said to have the longest effective range of the three offers. It is also the cheapest,” MaxDefense said.

“Japan’s offer is said to be tied-up to Japan’s commitment to provide further assistance to the AFP that may include transfer of EDA, provide trainings and share technology and data. But apparently the Japanese radar has the least performance rating and uses the oldest technology of the three offers,” it added.

“Meanwhile the US offer is also important as their TPS-77 is the standard ASR used by most US allies and by US forces in the region, and can be easily integrated with the US air defense network in case of emergencies that is related to the PH-US MDT. It also uses a L-band frequency which is said to be better performing in bad weather compared to the IAI Elta AD-STAR,” MaxDefense explained.