MANILA — With the Philippines now again operating supersonic jets — the brand-new FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” light-interim fighter aircraft — the next step is to acquire command-and-control and radar systems.

This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary for Finance, Munitions, Installations and Materiel Fernando Manalo Sunday.

He said the Philippines will source from the United States its command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (C4ISTAR) system for the Armed Forces and brand-new brand radar systems for the Air Force.

Manalo said the radar system, which will form part of the C4ISTAR, will be acquired from other countries.

He added the C4ISTAR system will be acquired in 2017 while the radar system project will bear fruit by 2017 to 2018.

The country has allocated PhP4.49 billion for the C4ISTAR system and PhP2.68 billion for three air surveillance radars. PNA/