President-noy-AquinoPresident Benigno Aquino III has approved a P44-billion multi-year defense contract for the Department of National Defense in the immediate purchase of seven more military modernization project beginning this year. A senior defense official said on Saturday.

Defense official added that this military equipment will help boost maritime security capability as tensions simmer in the South China Sea.

Defense Undersecretary Fernando Manalo made the announcement after the government received the first two of a dozen new South Korean-made light fighter jets to enhance the country’s air defense capabilities.

The seven priority military projects include the acquisitions for the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force.

Two Philippine Navy frigates.

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Incheon class Frigate

Navy Amphibious Assault Vehicles.

Apmhibious Assault Vehicle, Photo credit to flickr.com

Three Navy’s Anti-Submarine Helicopters.

-The AW159 Wildcat is being considered by the Philippine Navy
The AW159 Wildcat, Photo credit to aseanmildef.com

Philippine Air Force long range patrol and surveillance aircraft.

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PC3 Orion Aircraft Photo credit to maxdefense

Philippine Air Force six close air support aircraft.

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Super Tucano EMB-314, Photo credit to defenseindustrydaily.com

Weapons, munitions for FA-50PH fighter jet.

FA-50PH fighter jet weapons, Photo credit to pinterest.com

Three aerial surveillance radar.

Surveillance Radar, Photo credit to w54.biz

At the welcoming ceremony of two new South Korean-made FA-50PH fighters jets at Clark Air Force Base in Pampanga, Manalo told journalists that, “In-approve na ni President iyong authority ni SND (Secretary of National Defense) to enter into a multi-year contract for seven projects.”

Manalo said President Aquino signed the proposals on Friday, November 27 and the payment for the seven projects will start from 2015 to 2017 or 2018. – Carl E.

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