By Leonel Abasola

RADAR SYSTEM. Officials of the Department of National Defense and Embassy of Japan lead the turnover ceremony of a Japanese-built air surveillance radar system to the Philippine Air Force at the Wallace Air Station in San Fernando City, La Union province on Wednesday (Dec. 20, 2023). The radar system aims to enhance the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ air surveillance capabilities, as part of the AFP’s modernization program. (Photos courtesy of Embassy of Japan)

MANILA – The Japan embassy on Wednesday turned over a Japanese-built air surveillance radar system to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during a ceremony at the Wallace Air Station in San Fernando City, La Union province.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force Lt. Gen. Stephen Parreño, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Chargé d’affairs (CDA) ad interim Matsuda Kenichi, and Assistant Commissioner of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), Japan Ministry of Defense Nishiwaki Osamu attended the ceremony.

The delivery of the air surveillance radar system is based on the contract signed between the DND and Japanese manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in August 2020.

The radar system aims to enhance the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ air surveillance capabilities, as part of the AFP’s modernization program.

The first unit of the air surveillance radar system was delivered in October 2023.

Three more units are expected to be delivered to the Philippines in the coming years.

The transfer is an affirmation of Japan’s commitment to the Philippines as its strategic partner and to contributing peace and stability in the region. (PR)