“Palawan is a new location but even the old ones have to be restored or we have to build new basing facilities. This is part of the overall capability upgrade,” Defense Undersecretary Eduardo Batac said Wednesday after the Bids and Awards met to finalize the PhP2.68B air defense radar systems deal with Israel.
Israel will be providing the Philippines with three air surveillance radars for the country to effectively monitor air intrusions in the West Philippine Sea.
“Even without the incidents that came in recent years, this was already programmed,” Batac clarified.
“Over the years, we have lost almost all of our air defense equipment. Our fighters are old and there are no more spare parts to maintain them,” Batac said.
Having these Israeli radars, the upcoming 12 FA-50s, long range patrol aircraft, and attack helicopters the Philippine Air Force will be empowered to fulfill its mission.
“Your radars are supposed to be 24/7 facilities for purposes of detection against intrusions into our air space,” Batac added.
First radar system will be delivered 22 months after the notice to proceed is issued.