DBM to evaluate acquisition of AFP modernization projects

MANILA While stressing that the list of equipment it wants for Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program is final, it is still up to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to evaluate and decide which platform to acquire first, a defense department official said Thursday.

Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the list of equipment will still be evaluated by the DBM, which will then locate the possible source of funding and prioritize the acquisition of the platform.

The DND, if needed, can also reduce the number of equipment it has shortlisted for Horizon Two, to comply with the PHP300 billion stipulated for the procurement of military equipment scheduled for 2018 to 2022.

Horizon One was implemented from 2013 to 2017 and resulted in the acquisition of the three Del Pilarclass frigates, 12 FA50PH lightlift interim fighters, two strategic sealift vessels, to name a few. Horizon Three is slated for 2023 up to 2028.

"In the case of (dieselelectric) submarines, we can get just one or two, if needed, and for the multirole fighters, we don't need to get the whole squadron (12 aircraft). We can just get six, we can comply with the budget," Andolong said in Filipino.

Equipment slated for acquisition during Horizon Two are towed and selfpropelled howitzers, multiple launch rocket systems, armored recovery vehicles, five support vehicles, tactical radios, ground mobility equipment (light, medium, heavy), individual weapons, crewserved weapons, and nightfighting equipment for the Army; multirole fighters, radar systems, and light and medium lift aircraft.

Also to be acquired are heavy lift helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters (attack and combat utility), special mission and longrange patrol aircraft for the Air Force; frigates, corvettes, submarines, amphibious assault vehicles, antisubmarine helicopters, attack crafts, medium lift helicopters, and multirole vessels for the Navy.

Also being eyed are combat engineer, force protection, explosive ordnance disposal, chemical biological radiological nuclear, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and medical equipment. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency