MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippine military has received surface-to-air missiles it procured for two of its Navy's frigates, bolstering the country's capability to defend its territory, officials said Sunday.
These were delivered at the Subic Bay International Airport in Bataan on Friday, its public affairs office said in a statement Sunday.
Surface-to-air missiles are among the primary weapons of FF150 (BRP Jose Rizal) and FF151 (BRP Antonio Luna) that "bolsters anti-air warfare capability," it said.
"The arrival of these missiles will greatly capacitate our JRC (Jose Rizal-class) frigates in the conduct of their maritime operations," it added.
"The Mistral 3 SAMs... give the Philippine Navy a much needed defensive capability against hostile air targets," said Col. Ramon Zagala, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
"The procurement of missile systems is cost-effective and a reliable addition to a layered defense system, capable of denying enemy intrusion and deterring future attacks by external threats," he added.
The surface-to-air missile procurement was awarded to France-based arms manufacturer MBDA Missile Systems, according to the Navy.
Zagala attributed the acquisition of the military's new assets to Republic Act 10349, or the Revised AFP Modernization Program.
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