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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will supply three Mini Typhoon remotely controlled weapon mounts to arm three multi-purpose attack crafts (MPAC MKIII) of the Philippine Navy. The contract amount is $12 million
China and the Philippines have engaged in several face-to-face encounters in the South China Sea, most recently in the Scarborough Shoals some 500 nautical miles north of Half Moon Shoal. The Chinese frigate grounded at the shoal since last friday has been linked to previous attempts to use intimidation to prevent Filipino fishing boats from entering the fishing grounds in the area.
With new territorial challenges facing the Philippines and an antiquated military force riddled with inefficiencies, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has decided to acquire twelve South Korean TA-50 trainer/fighter jets.