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    Hope mods don't mind, the "Defending our airspace" thread was full of discussion of both Primary Radar and Fighter aircraft. Thought I'd create this to deal with Radar only, as it was announced that the Phillipines would soon take delivery of their Military Surveillance radar. The cost quoted, for the units involved should be comparable to what we would be looking at, surely.
    FIRST OF FOUR UNITS Japanese radar ready for delivery to PAF

    By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:55 AM October 24, 2022
    FIRST OF FOUR An illustrative photo from the Japanese embassy shows the Mitsubishi Electric FPS-3ME radar system. STORY: Japanese radar ready for delivery to PAF
    FIRST OF FOUR | An illustrative photo from the Japanese embassy shows the Mitsubishi Electric FPS-3ME radar system.

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is set to receive in November the first batch of its P5.5-billion air defense radar system from Japan that would enhance the country’s surveillance of its territorial airspace.

    The Japanese embassy in Manila said Tokyo has started the transfer of the first of four fixed and mobile air surveillance radars ordered by the Philippines from Mitsubishi Electric Co. The rest of the radar systems will be delivered in batches until 2024.


    A pre-delivery inspection was completed in September and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) trained the Air Force personnel on the radars in early October.

    The airmen were elements of the 580th Aircraft Control and Warning Wing, which also participated in the 17-nation Pitch Black 2022 aerial exercise in Australia last month. The PAF unit manages the country’s radar network.

    The Philippines and Japan signed a contract for three FPS-3ME fixed and one TPS-P14ME mobile surveillance systems for the PAF’s air surveillance radar system acquisition project in 2020, marking Tokyo’s first export of defense equipment after lifting a ban on such transfers in 2014.

    The four Japanese radars will fill the gaps not covered by the three ELM-2288ER AD-STAR radars the country acquired from Israel. The Israeli radars comprise the country’s radar network.

    The Israeli radars, costing P2.62 billion, were ordered under a government-to-government contract signed in December 2014, but deliveries were only completed in 2019 for an unspecified reason.

    The new Japanese radars are expected to help detect, identify and correlate any threats and intrusions within the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone.“To contribute to upholding and reinforcing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific, the JASDF and the PAF will further promote defense cooperation. This forms part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the friendship between the two air services in various fields, in addition to defense exchanges pertaining to air surveillance,” the Japanese embassy said.

    Meanwhile, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Western Area Command said it conducted a capacity-building cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster response with Philippine Army counterparts in Japan from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20.

    The two armies exchanged knowledge on improving disaster response capabilities and equipment training.

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    For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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    Further details on the deal.
    Japanese firm bags P5.5-B PH Air Force air defense radar project

    By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ / 11:59 PM March 09, 2020

    MANILA, Philippines — A Japanese firm has bagged a deal to supply an air defense radar system that would boost the Philippines’ surveillance of its territorial airspace.

    Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corp. was awarded the contract for the Philippine Air Force’s air surveillance radar systems project last week, three senior government officials privy to the deal told


    The officials said this marked the first time that Japan has secured a contract to export military hardware, a few years after it lifted decades of self-imposed ban on arms exports in 2014.

    The notice of award (NOA) from the Department of National Defense was issued on March 4, 2020.

    The NOA is a written confirmation of the grant of a contract to a successful project proponent. Contract signing could be in 60 days, one of the officials said.

    The government-to-government deal involved the supply of P5.5 billion ($103 million) worth of three fixed and one mobile radar systems. The project under the Philippine military modernization program’s Horizon 2 is expected to be delivered by late 2021 or 2022.

    Earlier reports said Japan was offering an upgraded model of FPS-3 radar built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

    The equipment would bolster the country’s airspace radar coverage amid continuing external security challenges including China’s expansion in the West Philippine Sea.

    The bilateral defense cooperation of the Philippines and Japan was strengthened in recent years through Tokyo’s assistance to the Philippines in the form of training and equipment donation.

    In 2018, Japan completed the donation of five Beechcraft TC-90 aircraft to the Philippine Navy, the first time it transferred excess defense equipment to another country after an amendment in Japanese law that allowed the donation.

    The following year, Japan donated P5 billion worth of spare parts for UH-1H helicopters of the Philippine Air Force.


    The Philippine Coast Guard has also been a recipient of various grants from Japan.

    Last month, the Department of Transportation and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. signed the contract for the supply of two 94-meter multi-role response vessels, a project financed by the Japanese government.

    Both Japan and the Philippines have a separate territorial dispute with China over the East China Sea and South China Sea.

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    For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.


    • #3
      They are also procuring Coastal Radar systems that can detect vessels and small low flying aircraft. High/Low mix by the looks of it


      • #4
        These are gap fillers for Singapore