From Update Philippines (Jun 27): PH military in process of developing airborne patrol, surveillance capabilities
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is in the process of developing its airborne patrol and surveillance capabilities, with this, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomes assistance from allies in this field.
“We welcome any technical assistance that our allies can provide while the Armed Forces of the Philippines is in the process of developing such capabilities,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
Australian Defense Force is deploying its two AP-3C Orion surveillance planes for Marawi City operations for two weeks effective upon a mutually agreed date by Australia and Philippine military officials.
In line with the development of AFP’s airborne patrol and surveillance capabilities, the DND-AFP is now in the process of acquiring 2 Long-range Patrol (LRP) aircraft under the First Horizon of AFP Modernization.
“The leadership of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will pursue the implementation of the approved projects which are not yet contracted or completed under the First Horizon (2013-2017) of the Revised AFP Modernization Program (RAFPMP),” DND previously said.
“Projects such as the CAS (Close Air Support) aircraft, LRPA and FA-50 Munitions are still in various stages of procurement,” it added.