PH receives mobile radar system from Japan, highlights stronger defense cooperation
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Secretary of National Defense Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. (center), together with Japanese State Minister of Defense Oniki Makoto, Ambassador Kazuya Endo, and officials from the Department of National Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine Air Force, led the acceptance and turnover of the mobile air surveillance radar system from Japan on April 29, 2024, in Quezon City.

April 29, 2024 (Quezon City) | The Department of National Defense (DND) bolstered the Philippines' air defense capabilities with the official acceptance and turnover of the TPS-P14ME Mobile Air Surveillance Radar System acquired from Japan during a ceremony held on Monday at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo.

DND Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. highlighted the significance of the event, emphasizing the value of international partnerships in today's complex security landscape.

“We are truly grateful, once again, to the help of our partner in Japan in leveling up our capabilities in the face of time constraints, basically, where it is a felt need by all countries at this day and age, not only to secure their own internal strengths against any external volatility, but to align with one another, jointly, and in a combined manner, to address evolving challenges that we see today,” Secretary Teodoro said in his speech as the Guest of Honor and Speaker for the said event.

The defense chief also highlighted that results of bilateral engagements, not only with Japan, but also with other like-minded nations, are progressing speedily. He added that continuous coordination are being done to discuss mechanisms and measures that enhance the country's bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

“Most important is the multilateral and the international support for a rules-based international order, that is concretized by helping the defense establishment of the Republic of the Philippines steer itself up, in order for us to be a strong nation, a strong advocate of peace and security, and a strong advocate of generally-accepted norms of international law,” Secretary Teodoro added, as he expressed his gratitude and commitment to work more deeply with the government of Japan.

Secretary Teodoro also reaffirmed the longstanding friendship between the Philippines and Japan, expressing commitment to further collaboration.

“We face similar challenges, and we shall overcome and face these challenges together, not only in the realm of our sovereign rights and territorial integrity but also in disaster risk reduction, humanitarian assistance, economic development, and the resilience of both our countries,” the defense chief concluded.

Secretary Teodoro was accompanied by the Honorable Oniki Makoto, Japanese State Minister of Defense; His Excellency Kazuya Endo, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines; Lieutenant General Arthur M. Cordura PAF, Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and, Lieutenant General Stephen P Parreño PAF, Commanding General, Philippine Air Force.

The TPS-P14ME Mobile Air Surveillance Radar System, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO), is the second of four units procured from Japan. This advanced system will provide high-resolution surveillance of air and surface targets, significantly enhancing the PAF's ability to detect and track potential threats with precision.

The deployment of this mobile radar system strengthens the Philippines' air defense network, providing real-time situational awareness and early warning capabilities. This critical addition bolsters the PAF's ability to safeguard Philippine airspace and territorial integrity.

The radar system is part of the AFP's Modernization Program Horizon 2. The DND signed the acquisition contract in August 2020, with the first fixed radar unit accepted in December 2023. The 580th Aircraft Control and Warning Wing of the PAF will operate the new mobile radar system.