PHL Air Force evaluating Japan’s ‘latest radars’

“Yes, they are offering to us their latest radars,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said confirming that Japan is eyeing to sell their air defense radar system to the Philippines.

“It is one of the platforms being evaluated by the PAF. To monitor aircrafts and seacrafts traversing, entering or leaving our territory,” he added.

Report from Nikkei Asian Review dated December 8 says “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.”

“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.