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EXTRA Missiles for the Philippine Army?

An EXTRA Ballistic Missile. Photo taken from Israel Military Industries' (IMI) brochure.
An EXTRA Ballistic Missile. Photo taken from Israel Military Industries’ (IMI) brochure.

The website “Israel Defense” (at http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en) recently made an interview with retired Brigadier General Eli Reiter who is currently the Head of the Advanced Artillery and Rockets Administration of the Israeli company IMI. What’s curious about this interview with regards to us is how he stated that they had already supplied a missile system to the Philippines.[1] Take note that he didn’t use a Present or Future tense like “…is supplying…”, or “…will supply…”, but used a Past tense as in “…have already supplied…”.

Now this could be related to the Philippine Army’s (PhA) Shore Based Missile System (SBMS) program which had been mired in controversy after the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Gen. Hernando Irriberi tried to cancel it and re-align its budget to buy other stuff.[2] The last news we have about this as reported last September 2015 was that President Benigno Aquino had put the re-alignment on hold for further consideration.[3] However with this latest news, it is possible that there had been some developments about the acquisition.
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