The Department of National Defense (DND) on Wednesday said an air defense system simulator has been turned over to the Philippine Air Force at Basa Air Base, Pampanga on Tuesday.
In a statement, the DND said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the ceremonial acceptance, turn-over, and blessing of the Spyder Air Defense System (SPADS) Simulator Training Center.
The simulator training center aims to develop PAF’s capability in detection through radar, command and control, and missile firing. It can also be used for training on advanced air defense techniques, the DND said.
“As your defense chief for nearly six years, my happiest and proudest moments were the attainment of milestones in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program,” Lorenzana said.
“May this new simulator training center inspire you to look into the Command’s bright future, utilize its capabilities to ensure the success of your missions,” he added.
Also present in the ceremony were PAF Commanding General Lieutenant General Connor Anthony Canlas, Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Ilan Fluss, and other officials from the AFP and Rafael Defense System.
As the AFP modernization proceeds to Horizon 3, Lorenzana said that funding would be a problem because the assets that will be acquired are more sophisticated like fighter planes and submarines.
“Now it depends on how money will be made available to us in the coming years,” he said. — BM, GMA News