Posted to Update Philippines (Jul 28): The Philippines at Forefront of New Pentagon Maritime Security Initiative
This is what the Philippines will be getting from the Maritime Security Initiative program of the US government, in which the PH will get the lion’s share of 85% of the $50 million allocated for countries in the South China Sea.
The summary is as follows:
1. Maritime & Joint Operations Center to improve the C2 between the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Coast Watch Center (worth $15 million);
2. Improvement of Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), involving the acquisition of a Tethered Aerostat Radar System to be based in Palawan (worth $18 million);
3. Providing a manned maritime patrol aircraft palletized ISR kit, and 2 roll-on/roll-off mission suite pallets to be used by the recently-acquired C-130T (worth $8.7 million);
4. USN-NAVSEA will help determine what C4 system will be needed for the Philippine Navy’s fleet of Hamilton-class frigates.