MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense (DND) is now expediting acquisition of modern naval ships and fighter aircraft badly needed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez cited the need for the immediate acquisition of equipment to boost the capability of the military, particularly the Navy and Air Force, to protect the country’s vast maritime domain.
He said ships and aircraft were long sought by former defense officials during the past administrations.
“We need those equipment yesterday and we need it more now,” said Galvez, adding that the need for these modern equipment was highlighted by the series of maritime incursions experienced by the Philippines early this year.
Galvez did not give a specific timetable when these equipment would be received by the AFP but stressed “it would be soon.”
Among those being fast-tracked by the DND is the acquisition of two Maestrale-class frigates from Italy, and TA-50 aircraft from South Korea.
“Aside from protecting the country’s territorial waters, these naval vessels can prove useful in search-and-rescue missions considering that many maritime mishaps and accidents transpire in our waters,” said Galvez Source: Mb.com.ph
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