THE modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) entered its final stage this year, but out of the 150 projects lined up to develop the capability of the military, only 54 have been completed which translates to 34 percent.
AFP spokesman Col. Medel Aguilar said in an interview over the weekend that the progress and implementation of the projects depend on the budget allocated by Congress.
“Let us also consider what is needed by the country, not just the AFP. For us, it is also important that the government is taking care of the other needs of the country
while we know very well that we need the funds to support the AFP modernization program,” he said.
Aguilar said the AFP has a list of the equipment that it needs to acquire so that it will be able to develop its capabilities.
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On top of the list is the plan to purchase High Mobility Artillery Rocket System and Indian BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles which will develop the AFP’s ability to defend the country from external aggression.
So far, the military has acquired some air assets such as medium and heavy lift helicopters, combat utility helicopters, tactical radios, and amphibious assault vehicles.