The Philippines is considering buying military equipment, including planes and radars, from Italy, the Department of National Defense said Monday.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin is in Italy set to sign an “implementing arrangement” on the procurement, the department said in a statement.

“Some of the military hardware that are being considered for procurement under the arrangement include medium lift aircraft, coast watch system radar, multi-role combat aircraft, and long range patrol aircraft,” the statement read.

The deal, which Gazmin will sign with Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola, will be valid for five years and will be automatically extended for another five unless terminated.

“This arrangement will help expedite the procurement from the Italian defense industry suppliers with the help of our counterparts at the Italian ministry of defense,” Gazmin said in the statement.

Peter Paul Galvez, DND spokesman, told reporters in an interview that Gazmin and his acquisition team will look at various equipment from 20 Italian companies. (John Roson)

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