Philippine Air Force (PAF) commanding general Lieutenant General Rozzano D. Briguez announced during the 72nd anniversary celebration of PAF at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City that Secretary of National Defense (SND) Delfin Lorenzana has approved the Notice of Award (NOA) for the Ground-Based Air Defense System (GBADS) Acquisition Project.
“The SND has recently approved the Notice of Award for the Ground-Based Air Defense System to protect our radar bases and important governmental facilities from internal and external threats,” Lieutenant General Briguez said.
The Department of Budget and Management approved in June a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) worth PHP 1,027,012,500.00 which will be used for partial payment for the GBADS acquisition project. DBM said it will “cover the FY 2019 cost for the implementation of Ground-Based Air Defense System Acquisition Project under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.”
In December 2018, former Air Force commanding general Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. said that the deal for acquisition of 3 GBADS from Israel is nearing conclusion.
Moreover, SND Lorenzana confirmed in January 2019 to state-run news agency PNA that Philippines will acquire the SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) air defense system developed by Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.