1,190 Sets of force protection equipment (FPE) worth PhP53.5 million from Israeli company MAROM Dolphin Ltd. is set to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017. These equipment will be for the use of Joint Special Operations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The winning company, MAROM Dolphin, supplies force protection equipment to the Israel Defense Force. The mode of procurement is government-to-government pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding on Logistics and Defense Industry Cooperation and the Implementing Arrangement for Procurement of Defense Materials between the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Israel Ministry of Defense (ISRAEL-MOD).
JSOG is at the forefront of the current intensified anti-terrorism campaign. It is composed of specialized units from the various major services of the AFP, including the Philippine Army’s Light Reaction Regiment, the Philippine Navy’s Naval Special Operations Group, and a Special Operations Wing from the Philippine Air Force.
The Department of National Defense said this procurement is part of various equipment acquisitions that the Department is pursuing in order to upgrade the capability of the AFP in combating terrorist groups and terrorist cells.
“We have prioritized the procurement of these specialized vests for our defenders to enhance their survivability in encounters and battles against terrorists and lawless elements. Kahit saang lupalop sila magtago, hahanapin sila ng ating mga tropa!” Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said.
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