The Philippines’ defense capabilities got a boost on Tuesday as Acting US Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller turned over $29.3 million (approximately P1.4 billion) worth of defense articles to support the Armed Forces’ (AFP) modernization program. The new equipment will strengthen the AFP’s joint precision strike, sniper, riverine, and counter-improvised explosive device capabilities. Philippines Defense Delfin Lorenzana, along with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., accepted the military paraphernalia from Miller.Miller likewise informed Lorenzana that one C130 military transport aircraft will be delivered to the AFP on Dec 17. Miller’s visit followed the November 25 visit of U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett and handover to the Philippine Navy of a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System, as well as U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien’s November 22-23 visit, during which he announced $18 million (P868 million) in supplementary military equipment and training for the AFP.
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