The Philippine’s is starting to spend big so they can stand up to China in a bigger way.
The Philippines have undertaken a five-year, $1.77 billion modernization program to expand its ability to defend its maritime borders against China in the South China Sea.
The $1.77 billion is more than the previous three administrations combined.
Within the $1.77 billion is a $900 million Navy allocation.
The Philippines’ Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and one of the three uniformed services of the Republic of the Philippines. Created in 1898 after the Philippines gained independence from Spain, it has an estimated 24,000 active personnel and operates 103 ships in active service.
In the midst of territorial waters disputes with the People’s Republic of China, Former President Aquino approved a multi-year contract in November 2015 for the Navy, worth $900 million for the procurement of two brand new frigates, 2 anti-submarine helicopters , 8 amphibious assault vehicle (AAVs), 6 close air support aircraft, 2 maritime patrol aircraft, and fighter jet munitions.
Things seem to be heating up in the region.
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