Japan helping Philippines establish radar stations

The Japanese government will be helping Philippines establish 11 new radar stations in southern Philippines through providing of equipment and systems via government-to-government program, Jane’s 360 said in a report dated January 17.

Jane’s 360 quoted Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) assistant deputy chief of Coast Guard Staff for Intelligence, Security and Law Enforcement Lieutenant Al-Hafidz Bih.

In the statement released by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s meeting in Japan in October 2017, the Ministry said Abe mentioned that Japan will provide coastal surveillance radars and the support team for capacity building to the Philippines.

According to Prime Minister Abe, radars will be provided “to ensure the effective operation of the patrol vessels and other equipment.”

Japan has provided vessels and other equipment to the Philippines through aids and loans.

Japanese shipbuilder Japan Marine United is currently in the process of completing delivery of 10 44-meter Multi-role Response Vessels (MRRV) to PCG. Six are already in active PCG service.

These 44-meter MRRVs are being acquired by Philippines through Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan provided by Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA).

Japan also donated high speed Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) to the PCG.

PCG’s acquisition of two bigger MRRVs from Japan is also in the pipeline.

Sources: http://www.janes.com/article/77136/japan-to-assist-with-establishment-of-11-new-radar-stations-across-southern-philippines; http://www.mofa.go.jp/s_sa/sea2/ph/page3e_000770.html