Second Israeli radar for PHL Air Force expected this quarter

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is scheduled to receive its second Israeli Elta EL/M-2288 AD-STAR radar this month or at least within this 2nd quarter.

The Letter of Credit (LOC) for the radar 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.

Chief of the Air Force Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. confirmed in February that ELTA Systems delivered the first radar last quarter of 2017.

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.

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.”

The expected delivery of the second Israeli radar was highlighted by MaxDefense Philippines in a post today. MaxDefense added that the Full Motion Flight Simulator acquired from US-based Environmental Tectonics Corp. can also be expected to be delivered this month.

“The said flight simulator can be used to train pilots for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, the Bell 412 helicopter, and the Leonardo AW109 helicopter, which could be done by interchanging the cockpit according to the aircraft of choice,” MaxDefense said. “Take note that these are the delivery schedules committed by the manufacturers to the Philippine Air Force. There could be a chance of delays on delivery depending on circumstances.”