Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin has visited the Gozar Air Station in Occidental Mindoro, one of the three military monitoring stations in the country that would soon be fitted with an Israeli-made radar equipment under the ongoing modernization of the Armed Forces.
Gazmin’s visit into the Philippine Air Force Air Defense Wing’s Gozar station over the weekend in Lubang Island was in preparation for the expected installation of a brand-new radar from Israel, which is being negotiated through a government-to-government contract.
“We give primacy to the enhancement of our capability to monitor and secure our territory. Gozar Air Station will play a major role as we shift our focus from internal security operations to territorial defense,” Gazmin said.
The radar facility was named after Lt. Jose “Pepe” P. Gozar, who served as instructor in the Flying School at Zablan Air Field until the outbreak of World War II and was subsequently cited for his acts of heroism during the war.