Pres. Duterte to Buy SPYDER Air Defense Missile System from Israel (Video)

The Philippines under the administration of President Rody Duterte plans to buy Spyder Air Defense System from Israel. Aside from the world-renowned air defense missile system, the Philippine Air Force also plans to purchase at leas 13 Hermes long-range drones and two new radars.

President Rody Duterte duris to visit Israel, the first-ever by a Filipino President, stated that his administration are planning to purchase advance defense systems from Rafael, one of the world's most prominent arms dealer. 

The Philippines and Israel are set to sign a deal worth millions for the purchase of Rafael Advance Defense System SPYDER medium-range air defense missile system, as well as additional Hermes long-range drones.

According to a news article posted by The Jerusalem Post, the purchase of the SPYDER (Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby) by the Philippines is under the Revised AFP Modernization Horizon Phase 2 by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) for its Ground-Based Air Defense System (GBADS) acquisition project.

MaxDefense Blog also reported that the selection of the SPYDER system has already been passed to the Department of National Defense (DND) for negotiation with Israel's Ministry of Defense International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Outgoing PAF Commander Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar. supported and approved the decision to acquire the SPYDER Missile Defense System.

He was quoted as saying Manila was “looking forward to the conclusion of three big contracts by early next year” including 16 BlackHawk helicopters from the US, six T-129 attack helicopters from Turkey and three ground based air defense systems from Israel.

During the remarks, Kintanar also said the PAF will also be acquiring two new radars from IAI and some 13 Hermes UAVs from Elbit Systems.

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Source: MaxDefense Blog / The Jerusalem Post

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