- Israel wants to enhance its defence relationships with the Philippines by offering technology transfer arrangements
- Israeli-designed military platforms might be produced in the Philippines through the initiatives
Speaking to IHS Jane's at ADAS 2016 in Manila, an official from the Israel Ministry of Defence's International Defence Co-operation Directorate (SIBAT) said this commitment is demonstrated by the country's presence at the defence exhibition.
"We are the biggest exhibitor here at ADAS 2016, and this is a signal that we are seriously looking to enhance defence co-operation between the Philippines and Israel," said the official.
The official pointed to several potential Philippine programmes in which Israel is offering technology transfer arrangements. These include the Philippine Navy's requirement for a fast littoral attack craft and maritime unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering its Super Dvora series of fast patrol craft and the Heron medium-altitude long-endurance UAV for these requirements.
State-owned IAI, which is already in talks with the Philippine government to supply the Super Dvora Mk IIIi platform, has said it is open to producing it fully in the Philippines in collaboration with a local partner and to manufacturing locally "some components" of the UAV, although these were not specified.