A new state-of-the-art maritime border security system will soon protect the vast coastline of the Philippines against foreign intrusions, online news outlets reported over the weekend.
Australia-based Raytheon Co. won an $18-million contract to build a maritime border security system for the Philippines, the reports said. It is the company?s first border security-related contract in Southeast Asia.
The reports said the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the US Department of Defense ? not the Philippine government — awarded the contract to Raytheon.
The Washington Technology website said Raytheon will build a national coast watch center and support the integration of data from various agencies into the center.
?The company also will provide acquisition, installation and training for an automatic identification system and work on radio communications for the government of the Philippines,? it said.
The two-year contract will be carried out over the next years, the website added.