SHAH ALAM: The Joneses. The Philippines is set take delivery of the first of four air surveillance radars from Japan next month. The Philippines bought three fixed and one TPS-P14ME mobile radars back in 2020 from Mitsubishi Electric for some US$100 million (RM473 million).
From the Inquirer:
The Japanese embassy in Manila said Tokyo has started the transfer of the first of four fixed and mobile air surveillance radars ordered by the Philippines from Mitsubishi Electric Co. The rest of the radar systems will be delivered in batches until 2024.
A pre-delivery inspection was completed in September and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) trained the Air Force personnel on the radars in early October.
The airmen were elements of the 580th Aircraft Control and Warning Wing, which also participated in the 17-nation Pitch Black 2022 aerial exercise in Australia last month. The PAF unit manages the country’s radar network.
The Philippines and Japan signed a contract for three FPS-3ME fixed and one TPS-P14ME mobile surveillance systems for the PAF’s air surveillance
It is interesting to note that Japan had offered the similar radars to Malaysia about the same time it pitched the same deal to the Philippines. Mitsubishi Electric even took part in LIMA 2019 but unlike the Philippines, the Malaysian government never take defence seriously so nothing happened on our side. We are only interested in getting companies to take part in our defence exhibitions.
For the record RMAF have a requirement for at least five air surveillance radars, which have been in the books for the last decade or so. For the moment, we are getting one radar donated from the United States while the tender for one remained KIVed. Within five years, the requirements for five radars will go up to ten as most of those in service are obsolete already.
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