From Update Philippines (May 9): AFP Modernization 2nd Horizon: Securing territory via land, air, sea
The Department of National Defense (DND) will be developing the territorial defense capability – through land, air, and sea – of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the Second Horizon of the Revised AFP Modernization Program (RAFPMP), while acquiring essential equipment for individual soldiers.
The Second Horizon of RAFPMP will start next year and will end 2022. The First Horizon is now on its last year.
“The DND will continue to acquire defense equipment for the AFP for the use of individual soldiers, such as rifle and force protection equipment,” DND told Update Philippines.
“At the same time, we will pursue the development and enhancement of our territorial defense capability by acquiring major defense assets such as, but not limited to, radars, fighter aircraft, frigates, patrol boats, attack and utility helicopters, missile systems, and unmanned aerial systems,” the DND said.
The DND also told Update Philippine that projects in the first horizon which are 6 Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft acquisition project, 2 Long-range Patrol (LRP) aircraft acquisition project, and FA-50PHs munitions acquisition project will be completed and are currently in various stages of procurement.
DND also said that Philippine Navy’s submarine capability will be developed with acquisition of submarines may be included in the Second and/or Third Horizon (2023 to 2028) of RAFPMP, depending on the Navy’s immediate needs.