RAFAEL inaugurates the simulation and training center of the SPYDER defense system in the Philippines

At a ceremony held last month. Pinhas Yungman, Executive Vice President of RAFAEL, Chief Air and Missile Defense Director. Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, PAF Commanding General Lt. Gen. Connor Anthony Canlas Sr., SIBAT Director for Asia and the Pacific Eytan Levi and other officials took part in the the official opening of the training center.

During the ceremony, Secretary Lorenzana along with senior PAF leaders were able to see firsthand the simulated missile engagement and training capabilities provided by the center. The SPADS Simulator – Training Center is the premier missile training center in the Philippine Air Force that will serve as a training ground for future air defenders to prepare them for real-time threats as well as improve staff knowledge and skills. The training center is part of the Philippine Air Force’s GBADS acquisition project which will further enhance the country’s defensive capabilities.

The inauguration of the installation concretely symbolizes the commitment of RAFAEL’s partnership with the Philippines. This institution exemplifies RAFAEL’s unwavering commitment to not only provide systems, but to provide know-how to its partners. The inauguration of the facility is a practical example of RAFAEL’s global efforts to support its customers so that systems such as the SPYDER air defense system can offer the best defense to its users.

Executive Vice President, Brigadier General (Res) Pinhas Yungman, Chief Air and Missile Defense Director, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems:

“This is yet another milestone in the ongoing ground-based air defense system project and it is certainly a very significant milestone. Certainly the launchers and missiles are a valuable asset, but the hardware is not worth much -thing without the air defender It’s not enough to hold the best systems, we have to train hard and maximize our potential as well as that of the systems.

“This training center comes to train the future generation of Filipino air defenders, their resolute spirit and their professionalism. We know and appreciate the Philippine Air Force’s pursuit of excellence, and believe that this training center will grow and will grow into an academy, a joint training center for all branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines operating air defense systems, a regional center of competence in the rapidly changing and knowledge-rich field of air defense.

“RAFAEL is thrilled and proud of this historic achievement and will continue to support the Philippine Air Force in enhancing its air defense capabilities.”

Milton S. Rodgers