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With President Rodrigo Duterte signing off the 2017 national defence budget of PHP137.2 billion (USD 2.76 billion) into law last December, this marked an 18% increase in defence expenditure compared to 2016. In addition, with the second horizon of the Philippine military modernization plan coming up in 2018, 2017 is expected to be a significant year for defencerelated procurement and activity. Top on the agenda at the moment are upgrades for two new frigates, the multipurpose patrol vessel programme, and two maritime patrol aircraft. To learn more, we take a look at the procurement plans of the Philippine Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force.
As the proliferation and volume of threats in South East Asian waters become increasingly serious and ever more diverse, this report has been produced to detail the known holdings and requirements for all the maritime surveillance assets in the region including OPVs, surface warships, maritime ISR assets, naval combat systems and UAVs
Maritime security, missile defence, UAVs - the military balance in Asia is in flux as developing nations strengthen their coastal surveillance capabilities. In this feature article we analyse the latest strategic developments and ask five security experts, what will the security situation in Southeast Asia look like in 2017?