This is what the Philippines will be getting from the Maritime Security Initiative program of the US government, in which the PH will get the lion’s share of 85% of the $50 million allocated for countries in the South China Sea.
The summary is as follows:
1. Maritime & Joint Operations Center to improve the C2 between the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine National Coast Watch Center (worth $15 million);
2. Improvement of Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), involving the acquisition of a Tethered Aerostat Radar System to be based in Palawan (worth $18 million);
3. Providing a manned maritime patrol aircraft palletized ISR kit, and 2 roll-on/roll-off mission suite pallets to be used by the recently-acquired C-130T (worth $8.7 million);
4. USN-NAVSEA will help determine what C4 system will be needed for the Philippine Navy’s fleet of Hamilton-class frigates.
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