The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is now programmed to receive 3 fixed long-range air surveillance radars and 1 mobile air surveillance radar from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) after National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana signed the Contract Agreement and Notice to Proceed for said acquisition on August 28.
The said acquisition is under Horizon 2 Air Surveillance Radar System (ASRS) Acquisition Project.
The contract is worth $103,500,000.00 through negotiated government-to-government procurement.
Delivery is expected to start in 2020.
The radars are programmed to cover over 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,” DND said.
According to DND, this acquisition is “the first defense 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 Defense Equipment and Technology signed in 2016.”