The first two of the three SPYDER air defense missile systems would be delivered by the fourth quarter of this year, according to a statement made on Tuesday by the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
“The SPYDER Philippines Air Defense System is very much on time, delivery will be earlier than scheduled (January 2023), it will be in the country by end of November to the first week of December. The project is for three batteries, the first delivery will be two batteries,” said Air Force spokesperson Col. Maynard Mariano.
The term “battery” describes a collection of missile launchers. A typical battery has three or more missile launchers.
The Israeli defense technology firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, along with Israel Aerospace Industries, created the Surface-to-Air Python and Derby mobile-air defense system, or SPYDER.
Mariano also pointed out that the final SPYDER battery would be delivered along with a missile maintenance facility that will be constructed in the Philippines, which will enable military personnel to maintain the weapon system.
“We have upgraded the program, the last battery will be delivered with a missile maintenance facility to be built in the country at no expense to the government. There will be a technology transfer that goes with this and it will make us capable of maintaining missile systems and will greatly help in the sustainment of the program,” Mariano said.
As of last April 26, the PAF officially accepted its first missile simulator, the SPYDER Philippines Air Defense Systems (SPAD) Simulator-Training Center, allowing it to begin training on various surface-air missile engagement techniques. The facility is situated at Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga.
“The SPADS Simulator-Training Center is the AFP’s (Armed Forces of the Philippines) first missile training center, which will serve as a training ground for future missile operators to prepare them for real-world challenges, as well as to increase personnel knowledge, skills, and develop the right attitude for air and missile defense,” he said.
The PAF’s Ground Base Air Defense System (GBADS) procurement project, which aims to improve the military’s defense capabilities, includes the SPAD Simulator-Training Center.
The radar detection, command and control, and missile firing skills are three that the simulator training facility hopes to enhance.
Additionally, it is created specifically to be used by the men and women of the PAF in their advanced air defense skill training.
In 2019, the GBADS acquisition project’s Notice of Award was made public.