Sunday 20 August 2017

Philippines needs to invest in Missile Defense Technology

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has forgotten its glorious past in terms of the armament and equipment it can provide for its different branches, but it would seem that is the thing of the past.

Recent years have shown that the geopolitical changes in Asia has made the country modernize its Armed Forces….slowly. The threat from outside the country and the never ending insurgency in the domestic front has been giving a lot of reason for us to have a modern armed forces.

Last week the Philippine News Agency website reported that the Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has made a statement for that there is a need for the Philippines to invest in missile defense technology to fully protect itself against these threats.
Department Of national Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has made a statement that the country should start investing on Missile Defense technolgy, since the threat of long range missile attack  is now a reality. (photo credit to GMA website)

"Yes, definitely. Since future wars will be fought off with stand-off weapons, meaning those missiles launched from a great distances. We need to invest on defenses to protect ourselves," the Sec. Defense added.

The DND Sec. said it is possible that the country might initially acquire detection capabilities before the actual missile batteries themselves. Since the acquisition of missiles are not one of those listed to be for the Horizon 2 modernization program of the AFP.

MaxDefense has made a very good insight regarding the suggestion of the DND Scecretary, We are quoting what MaxDefense posted in its Facebook page:

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana believes that, in light of threats like those from North korea, The Philippines should invest in a Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) system that could protect certain parts of the country by shooting down ballistic missiles fired against the country.

The AFP actually has an ABM-like requirement that doubles as long range air defense system as part of its proposals for Horizon 3 pahse of its modernization program. But that will depend on the security and finanacial capabilities of the country, as well as the absorption capacity of the AFP years from now. This is attainable as long as the AFP prepares for it early for it, and is given enough funding, because certain countries like Russia are willing to sell them as long as the Philippines can pay.

Meanwhile the AFP should start investing in shorter ranged and simpler systems, like its Ground Based Air Defense Systems (GBADS), to increase its knowledge and experience base. An initial phase for the Philippine Air Force is proposed for funding starting next year.

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