Department of National Defense will be requesting the Israeli Elta Systems to deliver the ‘freebie’ radar, offered by the manufacturer for the PhP2.68 billion worth air defense radar systems, early next year before the APEC 2015 summit.
“It’s an offer that was given by the proponent for the air defense surveillance radar as an add on to their proposal in undertaking the project,” Defense Undersecretary Eduardo Batac told reporters.
The said free radar system can monitor a limited territory of 80 kilometers. This system complements coverage of the principal radar in areas where coverage is inadequate.
“The add-on is something which is already available. The radar is off the shelf,” the USec noted.
“We went through the negotiations already because they offered the add on for free but they were charging us out of pocket expense which will cost US$1.1 million or around P50 million,” Batac explained.
The Department of National Defense said they can still ask for more free perks from Israel.
The PhP2.68 billion budget is mainly allocated for 3 air defense radar systems to be installed in Palawan, Lubang in Mindoro, and Pasuquin in Ilocos Norte.
Delivery of first system is expected within 22 months after signing of LOC.