While desirous to acquire a "spy plane" (surveillance and patrol aircraft in military parlance), Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Monday admitted that the
has no funds to acquire such equipment yet. Philippines
"We welcome the opportunity to have this kind of equipment but at the moment, we cannot afford to buy," he said.
Gazmin made this statement in response to queries on whether the DND is planning to acquire such aircraft for the use of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
However, he clarified that should such an opportunity to acquire such aircraft from
as excess defense articles present itself, they are "open to accept and
procure such equipment." Japan
Earlier reports claimed that
are in talk about the possible transfer of Lockheed P-3C "Orion"
maritime patrol aircraft to the country. Japan