Philippines, Spain look to finalise defence deal

28 October 2018

The Philippines and Spain are finalising a defence agreement through which to strengthen defence trade and industrial ties, the Department of National Defense (DND) in Manila said.

The DND said in a statement on 25 October that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Logistics, Defence Materiel, Armaments, and Defence Industry Co-operation is expected to be signed soon.

Following talks between DND and visiting officials, the Spanish Ministry of Defence’s Directorate for Armament and Materiel, the DND said the accord will facilitate the Philippines’ acquisition of military equipment through government-to-government channels.

Jesus Rey R Avilla, the DND’s assistant secretary for Acquisition and Logistics, said the MOU is intended to position Spain as a procurement partner in the Armed Forces of Philippines’ (AFP’s) ‘second horizon’ modernisation programme, which runs from 2018 to 2022.

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