Philippines to Get Frigates, Gunboats, Helicopters as Tension Simmers

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Опубликовано 17 декабря 2014, 14:24
A Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday, the Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces. The Philippines has embarked on a 15-year, $2 billion modernization program to improve its capability to defend its maritime borders. The Philippines, a close U.S. ally, has brought an international arbitration case against China, seeking clarification on its entitlements under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. China has refused to take part in the arbitration. A ruling is expected late next year.

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