The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has invited Elbit Systems from Israel to bid for a programme to supply the service with lightweight laser-guided rocket systems.
In a tender notice issued by the PAF in late November it said the proposed procurement would proceed on a sole-source basis through an inter-government agreement between the Philippines and Israel.
The procurement - valued at PHP157 million (USD3 million) - is being administered by the PAF's Bids and Awards Committee. The notice said Elbit and SIBAT, the International Defence Cooperation Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defence, had been invited to attend procurement meetings and to submit pricing documents.
The notice confirmed that the procurement featured Elbit Systems' 70 mm Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) system, which is deployable from fixed- and rotary-wing military aircraft.
According to Jane's Air-Launched Weapons , the GATR was jointly developed in the late 2000s by Elbit and ATK Orbital (now Northrop Grumman) to meet US Special Operations Command requirements. Development of the system was complete in 2016.
The GATR requirement is believed to stem from the PAF's experience in counter-insurgency operations against Islamic State-linked militants in the city of Marawi in the Philippines during 2017.
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