PHL military getting C4ISTAR capability from United States

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be getting a command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) capability from the United States Defense Department with assistance from Harris Corporation.

“This contract involves foreign military sales to the AFP,” the US Defense Department said in a press release dated January 19.

US Defense Department said the contract with Harris amounts to $44,859,296 which will involve program management, design, systems engineering, integration and test, installation, post-installation test, training and maintenance efforts to assist in delivering C4ISTAR capability to AFP.

“The AFP will be supplied with a joint service command and control (C2) system of systems that will replace legacy service specific systems,” US Defense Department said.

“The Global Command and Control System – Maritime will provide information integration and dissemination to each of the AFP joint and service specific headquarters, greatly expanding their ability to form and maintain a national common operational picture,” it added.

“A microwave communications backbone system along with a satellite communications capability will be procured and installed at and between the command centers, interconnecting them through long-haul communications. Mobile C2 systems will be supplied to extend the C2 capability into areas not served by the current C2 centers,” it added.

The department noted that work will be performed in Rochester, New York; and various locations in the Philippines, and work is expected to be completed by December 2020.

“Foreign military sales funding in the amount of $40,329,848 will be obligated at the time of award to fully fund the base effort,” US Defense Department said.