Sunday, July 17, 2016

AFP modernization remains a priority of new DND leadership

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 17): AFP modernization remains a priority of new DND leadership

The AFP Modernization Program remains a priority of the new defense leadership.

This was stressed by Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana as the program jives with the Duterte administration's plan of having a credible deterrence to secure Philippine territory especially the maritime ones.

"In the long run we will still follow our modernization because you know it jibes with what our long term plans (of) having credible deterence to secure our territory (especially the) maritime plan," he added.

While some projects may be fast-tracked to address criminality, terrorism, and insurgency threats in the southern Philippines, Lorenzana said they will follow the plans laid for the AFP Modernization Program.

"The 15-year modernization program of the AFP will continue as scheduled," he earlier stated.

Some of the equipment acquired in this period include the two Hamilton-class cutters, six multi-purpose assault craft, 114 armored personnel carriers, three brand-new C-295 medium lift aircraft, two C-130 heavy transports, two FA-50PH light-interim fighter aircraft, five utility versions of the AgustaWestland AW-109 helicopters, eight of its attack versions, five landing craft heavies, three multi-purpose attack craft, and two strategic sealift vessels to name a few.

Lorenzana said the DND will continue to honor contracts, especially those in the pipeline.

"We study it for while and if there are no problems, then we will approve it," he added.

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