Japan to provide Philippines with surveillance radars

Japan to provide Philippines with surveillance radars

THE Philippines is set to become the first country to receive surveillance radars from Japan under Tokyo’s official security assistance or OSA program.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to affirm the plan when he meets with Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. during his trip to Southeast Asia which started this Friday.

The air surveillance radar systems will help further improve the ability of the Philippine Air Force to detect aircraft and aerial domain.

Tokyo is also considering the possibility of starting negotiations with Manila to conclude a Reciprocal Access Agreement which will allow Japanese and Filipino troops to conduct joint drills and other activities.

Kishida will also travel to Malaysia during his three-day state visit to Southeast Asia until Sunday.

The official visit to the region took place ahead of Tokyo’s plan to host a special summit with ASEAN leaders in December to mark 50 years of friendship.

Launched in April of this year, Tokyo’s OSA program aims to provide defense equipment and other supplies to like-minded countries to enhance security cooperation.

 

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