Philippine Army looking at Mistral, Chiron for short-range air defense system

The Philippine Army is looking at MBDA Mistral from France and LIG Nex1 Chiron from South Korea for its Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) Acquisition Project under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program Second Horizon.

“The project involves the acquisition of 2 batteries worth of MANPADS with a budget of around Php2,275,200,000.00 (around US$44.6 million),” MaxDefense Philippines said.

MaxDefense also noted that “sources confirmed that the Philippine Army is looking at two models, the French MBDA Mistral,  and South Korean LIGNex1 Chiron short range air defense missile systems.”

In line with this acquisition, the Philippine Army activated its 2nd Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battery on January 15.

“Air Defense Battery is designed to provide air defense for Army units, areas, and installations against unmanned aerial vehicles or remotely-piloted vehicles as well as fixed and rotary aircraft,” the Army said.