The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has showcased its newly acquired Remote Controlled Weapon System (RCWS) from the Israeli Government during its 120th anniversary celebration today, 15 October 2021.
Utilizing government-to-government transactions, the PCG and Israel’s Ministry of Defense collaborated on the acquisition of the RCWS in 2018. Department of Transportation - Philippines (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade fully supported the initiative.
The said system, the first-of-its-kind acquisition in PCG history, will be installed on eight Coast Guard multi-role response vessels (MRRVs).
Together with representatives from the Israel Military Industries (IMI) – Elbit Systems Ltd., the PCG commenced the installation on 12 October 2021.
Further training and testing will be conducted next week, while the entire installation is scheduled to be completed by December 2021.
PCG Commandant, CG Vice Admiral Leopoldo V Laroya said the RCWS will significantly improve the Coast Guard's delivery of public service, particularly the conduct of maritime security and law enforcement operations in the vast exclusive economic zone of the Philippines towards combatting piracy and the proliferation of lawless elements at sea.