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Philippines inducts first SPYDER air defence systems

9th November 2022 - 01:19 GMT | by Gordon Arthur

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The Philippine Air Force inducted its first SPYDER air defence systems, plus an additional C295W, on 8 November. (Photo: PNA)

The Philippine Air Force has suddenly got more capable thanks to the introduction of the SPYDER air defence system, plus another C295W has been added to the transport fleet.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) inducted its first Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby Medium Range (SPYDER-MR) ground-based air defence systems at a ceremony at Basa Air Base on 8 November, along with a C295W tactical transport aircraft.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr said the new equipment would make a ‘very big difference’ in assuring the country’s security from ‘aerial threats’.

The 960th Air and Missile Defense Group based at Basa operates the new SAMs. It is subordinated to the PAF’s Air Defense Command. In Philippine service, it is called the SPYDER Philippine Air Defense System (SPADS).

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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