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Philippine Air Force wants to buy an additional KAI FA-50s light combat aircraft and Leonardo AW109 helicopters

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has identified several procurement priorities as it continues its medium-term modernisation programme, Flight Plan 2028.

Speaking at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila, a senior PAF officer involved in the planning of Flight Plan 2028 said these priorities include securing orders of additional light combat aircraft and attack helicopters.

The PAF ordered 12 FA-50 light combat aircraft in March 2014, with deliveries starting in December 2015 and scheduled to conclude in late 2017. The officer said the PAF is aiming to procure an additional 36 FA-50s in order to meet a requirement specified in Flight Plan 2028 to "detect, intercept, and neutralise" any perceived threat in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

He also confirmed that the PAF would look to secure government approval for the additional FA-50s following the delivery of the initial 12 aircraft.

In addition, the official said the PAF is seeking to procure 12 more AW109 Power light attack helicopters produced by Finmeccanica (Leonardo from January 2017). The PAF has already acquired eight AW109s ordered in November 2013 and delivered from 2014.

The official confirmed that the requirement for additional AW109s had become more urgent for the PAF since president Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016.

He said Duterte has tasked the PAF with focusing on addressing anti-terrorism and anti-insurgency, and as a result the Philippine administration has moved the new AW109 acquisition into the so-called 'second horizon' procurement plan, which runs from 2018-23. The requirement was previously scheduled for the third horizon, he confirmed.

According to the official, other near-term procurement priorities include close air-support (CAS) aircraft and additional transport aircraft, while a longer-term requirement is multirole combat aircraft.




The South Korean-made FA-50 multirole light fighter aircraft for the Philippine Air Force taxi shortly after landing at the Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga province, north of Manila on November 28, 2015.


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Philippine Air Force wants to buy an additional KAI FA-50s and Leonardo AW109 helicopters

7:17:00 AM Add Comment
MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has identified several procurement priorities as it continues its medium-term modernisation programme, Flight Plan 2028.

Speaking at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila, a senior PAF officer involved in the planning of Flight Plan 2028 said these priorities include securing orders of additional light combat aircraft and attack helicopters.

The PAF ordered 12 FA-50 light combat aircraft in March 2014, with deliveries starting in December 2015 and scheduled to conclude in late 2017. The officer said the PAF is aiming to procure an additional 36 FA-50s in order to meet a requirement specified in Flight Plan 2028 to "detect, intercept, and neutralise" any perceived threat in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

He also confirmed that the PAF would look to secure government approval for the additional FA-50s following the delivery of the initial 12 aircraft.

In addition, the official said the PAF is seeking to procure 12 more AW109 Power light attack helicopters produced by Finmeccanica (Leonardo from January 2017). The PAF has already acquired eight AW109s ordered in November 2013 and delivered from 2014.

The official confirmed that the requirement for additional AW109s had become more urgent for the PAF since president Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016.

He said Duterte has tasked the PAF with focusing on addressing anti-terrorism and anti-insurgency, and as a result the Philippine administration has moved the new AW109 acquisition into the so-called 'second horizon' procurement plan, which runs from 2018-23. The requirement was previously scheduled for the third horizon, he confirmed.

According to the official, other near-term procurement priorities include close air-support (CAS) aircraft and additional transport aircraft, while a longer-term requirement is multirole combat aircraft.




The South Korean-made FA-50 multirole light fighter aircraft for the Philippine Air Force taxi shortly after landing at the Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga province, north of Manila on November 28, 2015.


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UK Thales Looks to Leverage Starstreak Shorts Missile Systems Success in the Philippines

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MANILA, -- Thales sees "lots of potential" in the Philippines for its Starstreak high velocity missile air defence system, Mick Oliver, the company's business development director for advanced weapon systems, told IHS Jane's at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila. The French defence company has in recent years secured sales of its air defence systems to several countries in Southeast Asia. This success is seen as a reflection of the strategic concerns in the region, where territorial tensions are increasing. Thales air defence customers in the region include the Malaysian Army and Royal Thai Army, which have procured the Starstreak systems, and the Indonesian Army, which has acquired the company's Forceshield integrated air defence system, which comprises several Thales technologies including the Starstreak, the Controlmaster 200 radar and weapon co-ordination system, the Rapidranger mobile fire-control system, and the Lightweight Multiple Launcher system.




Royal Soldier Mans Starstreak (HVM) High Velocity Missile System During Exercise Olympic Guardian for London 2012.


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Singapore Army Commission SAFARI Weapon Locating Radar

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SINGAPORE, -- The SAFARI Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) was commissioned this evening. Highly mobile and responsive, the SAFARI WLR enhances Army’s force protection against indirect fires.

Its commissioning today, held in conjunction with the turn-ops parade of the SAFARI WLR Detachment from 24 SA, marks a milestone in the Singapore Artillery’s 3rd Generation Transformation!

Chief of Army, MG Melvyn Ong, emphasised that the successful operationalisation of the SAFARI enables the Army to “leverage on technological advancements to enhance our capabilities while right sizing manpower demands”.

With the introduction of the SAFARI WLR, the battery size will be reduced from the usual 18 men crew to 11 men. The newest early warning technology of the SAFARI will also“strengthen our networked sense and strike capabilities” and ensure that our troops “will be better protected, more efficient and deadlier in the battlefield”.






The SAFARI Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) mobile artillery locating phased array radar developed by India. This counter-battery radar is designed to detect and track incoming artillery and rocket fire to determine the point of origin for Counter-battery fire.


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Propmech to deliver first MPAC Mk.3 to the Philippine Navy in mid-2017, Israeli Rafael to supply Mini-Typhoon Spike-ER and Spike-NLOS

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MANILA, -- The Philippine marine systems supplier and shipbuilder Propmech has begun work on all Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) vessels on order for the Philippine Navy (PN), and will begin deliveries in mid-2017, the company has confirmed.

The platform, which is referred to locally as the MPAC Mk 3, aims to equip the PN with a missile-armed vessel capable of manoeuvring in shallow waters.

A joint venture comprising Propmech and Taiwanese shipbuilder Lung Teh won the award to construct a class of three vessels in early 2016.

Rafael to supply its Mini-Typhoon Spike-ER and Spike-NLOS -

Israeli company Rafael has recently boosted its presence in the Philippine defence market significantly and is looking for further opportunities to supply its systems to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Haim Jacobovitz, the company's vice president for international marketing, told IHS Jane's on 28 September. Speaking at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila, Jacobovitz confirmed that the company has, in the past two years, secured a range of orders from the Philippine Navy (PN) to supply its Mini-Typhoon 12.7 mm lightweight naval machine gun mount, its Spike-ER (extended range) missile system, and its Spike-NLOS (non-line-of-sight) missile system.


Philippine Navy Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.1.


The MPAC Mk.2 plan and cross section details.


The Rafael Mini Typhoon RWS 12.7mm RWS with Spike-ER missile launcher.


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Philippines Interested in Indonesian Medical Support Ship

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MANILA, -- After purchasing two Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) warships from PT PAL Indonesia, the Philippine government is considering putting in another order for a medical support vessel from Indonesia’s state-owned shipbuilder. During the 2016 Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) exhibition in Manila, Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana held a discussion with Brig. Gen. Jan Pieter Ate from the Indonesian ADAS delegation on Indonesian defense products. “The Secretary of National Defense and the Philippines Navy chief of staff are impressed with the medical support vessel that will be fit for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations,” Jan Pieter, the Defense Ministry’s director of the defense industry and technology, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. According to Jan Pieter, the Philippine secretary of defense had shown a deep interest in the 123-meter vessel and spent a lot of time looking at the vessel’s mock-up. It was reported that the Philippines had also put in an order for the CN235-200 and N212i aircraft from state-owned airplane maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia in 2015. The three-day ADAS 2016 exhibition ends on Friday. According to its official website, ADAS 2016 attracts exhibitors from around the world and works closely with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).


The Indonesian Navy hospital ship based on Makassar Class Landing Platform Dock.



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Korea's Kia offers Light Tactical Vehicle for Philippine Army

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MANILA, -- South Korean automaker Kia Motors is looking to expand its presence in the Philippine defence market through potential sales of its Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) and a possible local production programme in collaboration with domestic industry. Alan Lee, the assistant manager of Kia's defence export division, told IHS Jane's at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila on 29 September that the company has already delivered to the Philippine Army (PA) more than 2,000 military trucks over the past decade, with final batches of vehicles inducted by the service earlier this year. Around 1,800 of these platforms were variations of Kia's 1.25-ton KM450 (4x4) truck, with the majority of the remainder its 2.5-ton KM250 (6x6) truck. The PA has also taken delivery of around 20 five-ton KM500 (6x6) trucks. Kia is looking at expanding its presence in the Philippines with the Light Tactical Vehicle, displayed here at IDEX 2015. (IHS/Patrick Allen) Kia is looking at expanding its presence in the Philippines with the Light Tactical Vehicle, displayed here at IDEX 2015. (IHS/Patrick Allen) Lee said the next phase of Kia's collaboration with the PA could feature a programme centred on the LTV. Lee said Kia began production of the LTV in 2016 to supply the vehicle to the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), which is understood to have ordered several hundred units. The basic design of the LTV gives the 4x4 vehicle a gross weight of 5.7 tons and it is available in both armoured and soft-skin configurations. The vehicle was designed by Kia to provide capabilities including enhanced manoeuvrability, survivability, and supportability. Lee added that Kia is now promoting the vehicle to the PA to meet its tactical mobility capability requirements. He added that while preliminary discussions with the army had taken place, the requirement has yet to be documented through a formal request for information or proposals.


KIA Motors 4x4 Light Tactical Vehicle.


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