An air defense missile. (photo grabbed from SAAB Group website (www.saabgroup.com)

A BAMSE air defense missile. (photo grabbed from SAAB Group website http://www.saabgroup.com)

The Philippines plans to buy a shore-based missile system under the revised program to modernize its Armed Forces, defense officials said Monday.

A sum of P6.5 billion was allotted for the system, which will be given to the Army, Patrick Velez, vice chairman of the defense department’s bids and awards committee, said in a briefing.

The acquisition, still in the planning stage, will be carried out through “limited source bidding,” he said.

Limited source bidding is a process where certain companies are invited to submit bids for a project.

Undersecretary for acquisition Fernando Manalo, in the same briefing,

A surface-to-surface missile. (photo grabbed from SAAB Group website www.saabgroup.com)

A surface-to-surface missile. (photo grabbed from SAAB Group website http://www.saabgroup.com)

said the department could not reveal other details of the project, especially where the missile system will be placed.

Under the revised modernization program, the Army will also be given 744 units of light rocket launchers worth P408 million. This acquisition is now in the contracting stage, Velez said.

For the Air Force, three air surveillance radars are being procured for P2.68 billion. These will be placed in different sites, which will be developed at a total cost of P825.5 million.

Two long-range patrol aircraft worth P5.976 million are also being acquired for the Air Force.

Bases in Batangas, Palawan, and Zamboanga will be developed at a cost of P187.43 million to support those aircraft.

The government had announced that it will buy 12 lead-in fighter jets for the Air Force. Four lots of munition for the jets are being procured at a total cost of P4.4 billion. (John Roson)

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