PHL receives first ordered Israeli radar

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) already received its first of three ELM-2288 AD-STAR from ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries. This was confirmed by PAF commanding general Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr.

“The radars are coming that has been approved last year. The second and third radars are coming up while the first one was delivered in the last quarter of last year,” Lieutenant General Kintanar said as quoted by Manila Times. “I believe once operationalized, it will allow us to have a sufficient awareness especially in our western frontier.”

According to ELTA, “the AD-STAR ELM-2288 is an advanced 3D solidstate long-range S-Band family of transportable radars designed to support Air Defense, Early Warning and Traffic Control activities.”

ELM-2288 AD-STAR. ELTA photo

The three radars will be installed in three different locations: Gozar Air Station in Mindoro Occidental, Mt. Salakot Air Station in Palawan, and Paredes Air Station in Ilocos Norte.

The Letter of Credit (LOC) for the said acquisition under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program first horizon was opened early 2016.

According to the contract, delivery of first unit will be 22 months after the opening of LOC followed by 2nd and 3rd radars with 6 months interval.