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Philippines radar deal marks Japan's first arms export

Mitsubishi Electric's detection system to help Manila monitor the South China Sea

Members of the Philippine Air Force inspect helicopters near Manila. The new radars are expected to help Manila better monitor activities in the South China Sea.

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Electric will supply warning and control radar systems to the Philippines, in what would be Japan's first export of finished defense equipment since it lifted a ban on such transfers in 2014.

The Tokyo-based company has signed a roughly $100 million contract with the Philippine defense ministry for four radar systems, which will be used to detect fighter jet and missile activity, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced Friday.

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