Japan eyes to sell air defense radar to Philippines

The Nikkei Asian Review has reported that Japan is eyeing to sell air defense radar system to the Philippines. Japan, in 2014, ended its 50-year ban on exporting defense hardware.

“Tokyo is sounding out the Philippines about buying an upgraded model of the Mitsubishi Electric-made FPS-3 air defense radar system, which Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force has used since 1991 in missile defense and monitoring airspace incursions,” Nikkei Asian Review reported on December 8.

“Tokyo has already begun offering technical information on the system to Manila,” it added.

The Philippines has ordered three ELM-2288 AD-STAR radars from Israeli ELTA Systems for Philippine Air Force (PAF). Former PAF commanding general Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. confirmed the delivery of first Israeli radar early this year.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, to have the entire Philippines and majority of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under air defense radar coverage, PAF needs five more air defense radars.

Acquisition of five more radars for PAF is included in Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Horizon 2 with budget of PhP5.5 billion.

“If Japan gets this, it would be their first export of ground based air defense radars since they started to allow export of defense equipment, previously banned under their post-war Constitution,” MaxDefense said.

Sources: https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Philippines-sounded-out-by-Japan-on-air-defense-radar; https://web.facebook.com/MaxDefense/posts/860838910753434