The Philippine government has confirmed an allocation of PHP25 billion (USD502 million) for 2018 to support the ongoing efforts to modernise the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In comments to the government-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) on 7 January, Major General Restituto Padilla Jr, the AFP’s deputy chief of staff for plans and programmes, said the funds would support priority procurements including combat helicopters and military vehicles.
Other AFP objectives, he said, included boosting air combat capability and the acquisition of additional surface combatants to protect the country’s coast and sea lines of communications. Maj Gen Padilla provided no additional details about procurement targets.
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