In 2015, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Department of National Defense prioritized the procurement of force protection equipment, radios, marksman rifles, and night fighting systems for the Philippine Army shelving the proposed acquisition of the PhP6.5 billion worth missile system.
The re-prioritization that thime was made due to rapid change in the internal security landscape. The multi-billion missile system was then moved to AFP modernization’s second horizon which is set to begin 2018.
Last week, Army commanding general Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda said the acquisition of missile system is on planning stage.
“There’s a plan – but we have to address first the needs of our soldiers in the field for them to be highly effective in addressing internal security threats,” Miranda said as quoted by Philstar.com. The acquisition of missile system is still slated in AFP modernization second horizon.
“Now we have brand new rifles, tanks and medical kits and equipment but we need to still beef up the soldiers’ survivability in combat,” he added.
In November 2016, Israel Military Industries (IMI) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-ELTA jointly conducted a live-fire demonstration in Israel to show Philippine defense and military officials how Israeli missile system works.