Navy to Christen New Guided Missile Destroyer John Finn

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WASHINGTON, -- The Navy will christen the newest guided missile destroyer, the future USS John Finn (DDG 113), Saturday, May 2, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The new destroyer honors Lt. John Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the first attack by Japanese airplanes at Pearl Harbor. While under heavy machine gun fire, Finn manned a .50-caliber machinegun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp.

Painfully wounded multiple times, he had to be convinced to leave his post. After receiving first aid treatment, he overcame the severe pain of his injuries and returned to the squadron area to supervise the rearming of returning planes.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Laura Stavridis, spouse of Adm. James Stavridis, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In accordance with Navy tradition, she will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship’s bow to formally christen the ship.

“I often speak to the members of the chief petty officer mess about the characteristics of a leader, and more specifically the characteristics I expect to see in my chiefs, said Stevens. “I tell them that a model chief petty officer is a quiet, humble, servant leader. I believe with all my heart that John Finn exemplified all of these traits through his heroic actions on that day.”

Designated DDG 113, John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. John Finn will be capable of engaging in air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare including integrated air and missile defense capabilities.

The US Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113).

PAF allocates Php4-M for procurement of weapons systems, other weapons equipment

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) announced that it has allocated the sum of Php4,701,449.68 for the procurement of weapon systems and other weapon equipment.

Submission and opening of bids is scheduled on May 12 at 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

However, for security reasons, the PAF did not disclose the type of weapon systems to be acquired.

Sources said that these could be air-to-air weapons and air-to-ground platforms which will be fitted to the incoming PAF aircraft.

The Air Force is scheduled to commission eight brand-new AW-109 attack helicopters this year along with two F/A-50 jet fighters.

Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.

An artist's impression of Philippine Air Force Agusta Westland AW-109E Power light attack Helicopter with rocket launcher and gun pod.


First Australian-Made JDAM Kit Delivered

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CANBERRA, -- Today the Defence Project to enhance Air Force’s ‘smart bombs’ achieved a significant milestone with the acceptance of the first production set of Australian designed and manufactured range-extending wing kits.

Known as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), and manufactured by Boeing Defense, Space and Security, smart bombs provide an all-weather precision strike capability for Air Force.

Speaking at the delivery of the first production set of range-extending wing kits, the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Head of Helicopter Systems and Guided Weapons Division Rear Admiral Tony Dalton said one aspect of the JDAM enhancement program had been to test, certify and manufacture a range extending wing kit for the smart bomb.

“This successful project has taken an Australian idea and through an international collaboration, has turned it into a reality,” RADM Dalton said.

“These range extending wing kits almost triple the baseline range of the current smart bombs.

“These wing kits were developed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and are being manufactured by Ferra Engineering under contract to Boeing,” he said.

Test and evaluation flight trials of the new extended range smart bomb were successfully conducted at Woomera in December last year, with the weapons landing within metres of their designated targets.

The first set of production wing kits was delivered by Boeing today at Ferra’s Brisbane-based production facility.

The Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is being transported with a MHU bomb loader.

Japan to seek access to Philippine military bases

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MANILA - A proposal by Japan's military to join the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea could prompt Tokyo to ask the Philippines for access to air bases, a Reuters report said Wednesday.

The report said Japan's military is considering joining the US in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China's increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, according to a Japanese and a US source familiar with the discussions.

The deliberations came as Japan and the United States unveiled new defense guidelines during a visit to Washington by Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, reflecting his plans for Japan to take on a wider security role beyond the direct defense of its home islands.

While no concrete plans had yet been formulated, Japan could join US patrols in the South China Sea, or operate patrols in rotation from the Japanese island of Okinawa on the edge of the East China Sea, the Japanese source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

So far the discussion is within the Japanese military, but any move to begin patrols would need civilian approval.

Japanese air patrols in an area where China is pushing disputed territorial claims, including though a massive program of land reclamation, would risk antagonizing Beijing.

But defense officials in Tokyo worry that doing nothing would allow China to eventually impose its authority over a region through which $5 trillion of sea-borne trade passes ever year - much of it heading to and from Japan.

"We have to show China that it doesn't own the sea," said the Japanese source.


A US military source told Reuters the decision to begin flights in the South China Sea could prompt Tokyo to ask the Philippines for access to air bases under disaster relief training and other joint training exercises. This would give Japanese aircraft added range to stay out on patrol longer, he said, also speaking on condition of anonymity.

A senior Philippine military source said such access would not currently be possible, because Manila does not have any military co-operation agreement with Tokyo similar to the pact it has with Washington, which allows US ships to use its bases to re-fuel, re-supply and make emergency repairs.

But Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, one of the most vocal regional critics of China's reclamation program, is due to meet Abe in Tokyo in June, when the South China Sea issue is certain to be discussed.

U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters after talks with Abe on Tuesday that the two countries shared concerns about China's reclamation and construction activities in the South China Sea and were "united in our commitment to freedom of navigation and respect for international law".

He said the new defense guidelines meant U.S. and Japanese forces would be more flexible, and that Japan would "take on greater roles and responsibilities in the Asia-Pacific".

Neither he nor Abe detailed what those roles might be.

Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida dodged questions about the possibility of joint patrolling of Asian sea lanes when pressed at a news conference with U.S. counterparts on Monday, saying legislation in Japan had still to be worked out and regional countries consulted.

Speaking at a daily briefing in Beijing on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the United States and Japan were "not involved in the South China Sea issue" and should not do anything to "complicate the situation".


The United States has a squadron of Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion patrol planes and a squadron of new Boeing P-8 Poseidon sub-hunting aircraft in the region, six of which are stationed in Okinawa.

Japan operates a fleet of 70 P-3s in the seas around Japan and is due to deploy about 20 new Kawasaki Heavy P-1 patrol aircraft with twice the range of the older Orions over the next five years.

In an interview in January, Admiral Robert Thomas, commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, told Reuters that Washington would welcome Japanese air patrols in the South China Sea, because their presence would provide a stabilizing counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese fishing and naval vessels.

Thomas's comment, which was criticized by the Chinese government, was quietly welcomed by some Japanese defense officials. It helped "break down a psychological barrier" that had made discussion about possible operations in the South China Sea a taboo, a Japanese defense ministry source told Reuters.

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said it was "not aware of any official plans or proposals for Japan to patrol the South China Sea" but welcomed "a more active role for Japan in ensuring stability and security in East Asia and globally, including in addressing maritime security challenges".

A senior U.S. defense official said last week details of future activities would have to be worked out as Japan completed domestic legislation needed to expand the role of its defense forces as it reinterprets the limits of its pacifist post-war constitution.

China claims about 90 percent of the 3.5 million sq km (1.35 million sq mile) South China Sea. The Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam also claim large parts.

At a regional summit in Malaysia on Monday the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) released their most critical statement yet of China's building of man-made islands on disputed reefs, which Washington and Tokyo worry will become military bases to police the area.

ASEAN said that China's reclamation program "eroded trust and confidence and may undermine peace, security and stability".

The Kawasaki P-1 next to the Boeing P-8 Poseidon. Plus a ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious search-and-rescue (SAR) aircraft in the back.


Indonesia commits to ambitious defence budget increase

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JAKARTA, -- Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR) announced on 28 April a commitment to support government efforts to increase the country's defence budget to IDR200 trillion (USD15 billion) by 2020. The target is around double the IDR100 billion allocated to defence in 2015.

In comments published by the state-run Antara news agency, Ahmad Hanafi Rais, the vice chairman of the DPR's defence commission, said the commitment is in line with the government's stated pledge to increase military spending as a proportion of GDP from the existing 0.8% to 1.5%.

He added that the funds will be sourced from the state budget and will support an emphasis on military procurement in order to strengthen Indonesian territorial defence and security. Rais added: "This is our commitment to support the military to become better, stronger and more professional."

The DPR's commitment also conforms to a government pledge to reduce its part dependency on sourcing military procurement funds from export credit, loans, and military aid. Such fiscal mechanisms have long supported Indonesia's defence acquisitions and have been required to overcome the country's traditional shortfall in spending.

The Indonesian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 MK2 Fighter Jets.

Thailand Increases Defence Budget by 7%

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BANGKOK, -- Thailand's military-run government has proposed a 2016 defence budget of THB207 billion (USD6.3 billion), a nominal increase of 7% over military spending in 2015.

According to budgetary figures announced by the government on 29 April, the 2016 defence budget will represent nearly 8% of the total state expenditure in the year. It also amounts to approximately 1.5% of GDP.

The budget will be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly for approval in mid-year before the beginning of Thailand's new fiscal year at the end of October.

Government records have not yet detailed a breakdown of the defence budget, although, according to IHS Jane's Defence Budgets, the Royal Thai Army traditionally receives around half the expenditure with the air force and navy each receiving about 22%.

The Royal Thai Navy MH-60S Seahawk multi-mission helicopter.


Export of Sonar by DRDO to Myanmar Navy

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NEW DELHI / NAYPYIDAW, -- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed sonars for Indian Navy and transferred technology to Indian Industries for manufacture and supply to Indian Navy. M/s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has exported three Hull Mounted Sonars to Myanmar based on the technology developed by DRDO.

Number of countries have shown their initial interest to acquire DRDO developed sonar systems. Some of the other DRDO developed products / systems, like radars, electronic warfare systems, AEW&C systems, bridging systems, missiles, torpedoes, decoys & fire control systems, etc. can be considered for export to our friendly countries.

This information was given by Defence MinisterShri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri AayanurManjunathain Rajya Sabha today.

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Navy UMS Aung Zeya (F-11) class frigate.

Vietnam buys submarine-launched land attack missiles to deter China

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HANOI, -- Vietnam is arming its expanding submarine fleet with land attack missiles that could be capable of reaching Chinese coastal cities, a choice of weapon likely to be seen as provocative by China in the ongoing South China Sea dispute.

A little-noticed filing to the United Nations made by Vietnam last year, and reviewed by Reuters, shows it has bought the Russian-made land attack variant of the Klub missile for its state-of-the-art Kilo attack submarines.

The filing came to light after the independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website to show Vietnam's acquisition.

Regional military attaches and analysts see the missiles as a further sign of Vietnam's determination to counter the rise of China's larger military and part of a broader trend of Asian countries re-arming amid rising territorial tensions.

The choice of weapon is a more assertive one than the anti-shipping missiles Vietnam was expected to obtain.

While those would potentially target Chinese ships and submarines in the South China Sea, the land attack weapons are capable of precision strikes at a range of 300 kilometres, making China's coastal cities potential targets in any conflict.

Carl Thayer, an expert on Vietnam's military at the Australian Defence Force Academy, said the move was a "massive shift" beyond more routine anti-ship tactics.

"They've given themselves a much more powerful deterrent that complicates China's strategic calculations," he said, adding he was surprised by the move.

Vietnam is the first Southeast Asian nation to arm its submarine fleet with a land attack missile.

The Vietnamese defence and foreign ministries have yet to respond to questions submitted by Reuters. Vietnamese military officials have previously described Vietnam's arms build-up, including the submarine purchases, as defensive.

Moscow-based Almaz-Antey, parent company of the missiles' manufacturer Novator, declined to comment on any weapon sales to Vietnam.


Rather than risk an attack on cities such as Shanghai, it is more likely Vietnam would see closer ports and airfields, such as the naval base at Sanya on China's Hainan Island and facilities on land reclamations China is building in the South China Sea, as potential targets, Thayer said.

While communist parties rule both Vietnam and China, Hanoi has long been wary of China, especially over Beijing's claims to most of the potentially oil-rich South China Sea.

Beijing's placement of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam last year sparked riots in Vietnam and infuriated Hanoi's leadership.

The two navies routinely eye each other over disputed holdings in the sea's Spratly islands, which straddle some of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

Before obtaining the weapons, Hanoi's previous land attack capabilities were limited to a handful of ageing Scud missiles and more limited weapons fired by Russian-built Su-30 aircraft.

Vietnam's navy has taken possession of three Russian-built Kilos and a fourth is in transit under a $2.6 billion deal struck with Moscow in 2009, according to Vietnamese state press reports. A fifth is undergoing sea-trials off St Petersburg and a final sixth submarine is due for completion in 2016.

SIPRI has logged the sale of 50 anti-ship and land attack Klubs to Vietnam as part of the deal, with 28 having been delivered already over the last two years. The precise number of land attack missiles it has bought is not publicly available.

Collin Koh of Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies said it was unclear whether Vietnam had the full electronic capabilities to deploy the missiles at peak effectiveness.

"But even with those caveats, this is still significant... the Vietnamese have realised that without the ability to launch a counterstrike, their deterrence would have been quite limited."

Moscow-based strategic analyst Vasily Kashin said the Kilos sold to Vietnam are more advanced than those used by China while Moscow has never sold the Klub land attack missile to Beijing, which has developed its own similar weapon, the YJ-18.

Zha Daojiong, an international relations professor at Beijing's Peking University, said the move was part of a "normal" regional rearmament trend and Hanoi would be aware of the costs of ever using them against China.

"It is a loaded pistol, but can (they) afford to fire it?," he said.

China's Defence Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng, when asked about the missiles and whether Beijing had expressed concern about them to Hanoi, said the two country's militaries were always in close touch.

"We have confidence we can together properly maintain this relationship," Geng told a monthly news briefing on Thursday.

Trevor Hollingsbee, a former naval intelligence analyst with Britain's defence ministry, said Vietnam was creating China's biggest strategic headache in the South China Sea.

"All indications are that they are surmounting the submarine learning curve quite rapidly...this is a very real problem for China," he said.

The Klub S anti ship missile being loaded into Kilo submarine.


US Approves $275Mn Support Package for Australian Hobart AWD

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WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for Hobart Class Destroyer Sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $275 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of follow-on sustainment support and services in support of three (3) Hobart Class Destroyers. The sustainment efforts will include AEGIS computer software and hardware updates, system integration and testing, tools and test equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, aircrew trainer devices upgrades, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $275 million.

This sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major contributor to political stability, security, and economic development in Southeast Asia. Australia is an important ally and partner that contributes significantly to coalition, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives and facilitates burden sharing with a key ally.

The proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability in current and future coalition efforts. Australia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this additional support into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this additional support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Washington, District of Columbia. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the temporary assignment of approximately five U.S. Government or contractor representatives for a period of three years to Australia on an intermittent basis for the life of the case.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

(PHOTO) The Royal Australian Navy Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer under construction.

The Royal Australian Navy Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyer under construction at ASC's facility in Osborne, South Australia. The lead ship, Hobart, will enter service in March 2016 (two years later than originally predicted), Brisbane is due to commission in September 2017, and Sydney should be operational by June 2019.



Rice Aircraft Looks to Overturn Philippine UH-1D Contract Termination

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MANILA, -- The US supplier of refurbished UH-1D Huey combat utility helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) is seeking to overturn a decision by the Department of National Defense (DND) to terminate the contract due to late delivery.

The DND ruled on 17 April to terminate its contract with a joint venture (JV) between Rice Aircraft Services and Eagle Copters, claiming that only seven of the 21 on-order UH-1Ds were delivered by the agreed schedule.

Phil Kemp, vice-president of Rice Aircraft and the company's country manager for the Philippines, told IHS Jane's on 24 April that the JV is currently exploring options for delivering the remaining helicopters to the DND.

A Philippine Air Force UH-1D helicopter hovering at Mactan Benito Ebuen Airbase in Cebu City.


Global Strike Command is USAF's new weapon against China

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WASHINGTON / BEIJING, -- A pure bomber command is likely to be established for the first time in US military history after the Air Force made the announcement last week to reassign all its heavy bombers to the Global Strike Command last week, James Hasik, a senior researcher from the Washington-based Atlantic Council wrote in a piece for National Interest magazine.

The USAF put the nuclear-capable B-52Hs and B-2As bombers of the 8th Air Force and the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles of the 20th Air Force under the Global Strike Command in 2009. However, the de-nuclearized B-1B bombers stayed with the Air Combat Command's 12th Air Force. Such policy reconfigures the newly established Global Strike Command as a Bomber and Missile Command according to the author.

Hasik said that the consolidation of heavy bombers under the Global Strike Command will provide a single organizational home to all big bomber crews, including those of the forthcoming Long-Range Strike Bombers. "With that art of the possible emerging, the organizational heft of this new 'Bomber Command' may then spur some really new thinking, which the USAF genuinely needs for dealing with the mounting threat from China," Hasik said.

James Schlesinger, former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, suggested the creation a single bomber command in a report to President Nixon in 1971, said General Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the USAAF. During the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command was responsible for command and control of the US military's land-based strategic bomber aircraft and ICBMs. However, it was not a unified bomber command.

A press release from the USAF said it is believed that a single commander can provide a unified voice to maintain high standards of training for penetrating and long-range combat missions. "It's not that a Fighter and Bomber and Everything Else Command can't do that; the thinking is simply that a single Bomber (and Missile) Command might do so better, and possibly by adding a literal dash of esprit de corps," the report said.

Unlike the Strategic Air Command, the nuclear mission will no longer dominate this newly established Bomber Command under the name of Global Strike Command. At the same time, the Long-Range Strategic Bomber may bring more combat capabilities than simply bombing targets. Like the F-35, they may be deployed as a flying frigates with reconnoitering, surveillance and bombing abilities. They could perhaps even be used to shoot down enemy fighters, Hasik said.

he United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing B-52 Stratofortress long-range, Subsonic strategic heavy bomber, North American Rockwell/Boeing B-1 Lancer Bone Supersonic heavy strategic bomber and Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit heavy stealth strategic bomber fly in formation.


Malaysian Navy Mulls Chinese Kit for Laksamana-Class Upgrades

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- A senior official from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has confirmed to IHS Jane's that the service is considering installing Chinese-made equipment on its Laksamana-class corvettes.

The RMN has proposed to the Malaysian government a service life extension programme (SLEP) for the four ships, which were commissioned between July 1997 and July 1999. The official declined, however, to give further details on systems being considered, adding only that all options are being considered (including weapons and combat systems).

IHS Jane's reported on 20 April that the RMN is looking to replace the ships' surface-to-surface missile launchers, fire-control radar, machine guns, combat management system, electronic support measures, and integrated bridge and platform management systems. Also being considered for upgrade are the corvettes' 105 mm chaff launchers and identification friend-or-foe interrogator.

Besides being armed with an Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid main gun and two Breda twin 40 mm cannons, the Laksamana-class vessels are fitted for Otomat anti-ship and Aspide surface-to-air missiles, according to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships . However the missile systems currently are non-operational.

The scope of any upgrade work will be determined by the available budget, under the five-year government funding allocations known as the Malaysia Plan. The RMN said in January that it had requested funding for 36 programmes under the 11th Malaysia Plan, which will cover the period 2016-20. The request, which includes plans to upgrade the Kedah- and Laksamana-class corvettes, would cost about MYR10.1 billion (USD2.79 billion).

The Royal Malaysian Navy Laksamana Class small missile corvette Muhammed Amin (F-136), part of the ESS forces cruising in Sandakan Bay.

Philippine Air Force to acquire rocket motors, warheads

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated the sum of PhP38.12 million for the procurement of rocket motors and warheads for the use of its attack aircraft and helicopters.

Motors to be acquired are for the 2.75-inch rocket MK 66 models while the warheads are "WP" or white phosphorous which are generally used for marking or leading targets.

The latter rockets are unguided and used as more powerful supplements and/or replacements for guns in both air-to-air and air-to-ground applications.

Submission and opening of bids is on May 12 at 9 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.

Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last five years.

A Philippine Air Force MG-520 Defender light attack helicopter from the 15th Strike Wing.

Philippines to request more US equipment for security

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MANILA, -- The Philippines is preparing to submit a request to the US government to procure additional military equipment to boost efforts to secure territory, Peter Paul G Galvez, Philippines Department of National Defense's spokesman told IHS Jane's on 27 April.

Speaking ahead of planned security meetings between the Philippines and the US at the end of April, Galvez said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) required a range of platforms but especially those that could boost offshore military capabilities amid increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region.

He confirmed that the Philippine government would as for assistance from the US to fulfil some of these requirements.

U.S. Navy Sailors perform daily maintenance on a U.S Navy P-3C aircraft, assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26.


Rheinmetall successfully passes acceptance tests for Leopard 2 simulators for the Indonesian Army

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JAKARTA, -- Within 15 months after contract award Rheinmetall has produced state-of-the-art driving simulator and gunnery simulator systems for training Indonesian Leopard 2 personnel. The order is worth several million euros. The Leopard Gunnery Skills Trainer (LGST) and Driver Training Simulator (DTS) are specifically designed for training Leopard 2A4 tank crews, and will primarily be used for sharpening the gunnery and combat skills of commanders, gunners and drivers.

Rheinmetall’s ultramodern TacSi technology features prominently in these simulators. Furthermore, as a leading supplier of defence technology systems, the Group is able to draw on its unsurpassed knowledge of the Leopard 2 and longstanding competence in the field of simulation, now coupled with the advantages offered by serious gaming technologies. As a result, Rheinmetall simulation products combine the virtues of the game engine in regard to visualization with the high-quality training outcomes its simulators assure.

During March 2015 a delegation of Indonesia conducted the factory acceptance test (FAT) at Rheinmetall and both simulators passed them successfully. The delivery and installation of simulators will begin soon to complete the project in time.

This contract and its rapid progress explain once again the global trust placed in Rheinmetall’s simulation technology and main battle tank expertise.

In 2012, Indonesia purchased 103 second-hand Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks from Germany. A part of those tanks will be modernized to Leopard 2RI (Revolution standard).

Rheinmetall Leopard 2A4 MBT simulator.

First two prototypes of Turkish-Indonesian medium tank should be unveiled in 2015

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ANKARA / JAKARTA, -- During a work visit of Indonesian parliamentarians to PT Pindad (Persero) regarding PT Pindad (Persero) cooperation with Turkey for the medium tank, Major General TNI (Purn.) Supiadin Aries Saputra representing his group said: “

This visit was held to gather information and its specifics regarding the development of defense cooperation between Pindad and Turkey, as well as the response from Ministry of Defense and TNI to support the implementation of the cooperation”.

the President Director of PT Pindad (Persero) Silmy Karim, in response to the regarding matter, said that this joint project of Indonesia-Turkey regarding the medium tank had been initiated since long ago, though Pindad analytical skill continued. “This cooperation has been initiated since long ago by the Government, in fact the signing has been done since year 2013.

In manufacturing and testing Pindad is ready. Although, there are some technologies that still need the assistance from partners such as turret and firing control system, navigation system, and self-defense system. We want to make a medium tank with the perfection on the mobility, fire powder, and survivability,” he added.

The schedule to processing project had been made. If nothing went wrong, in 2015, one unit of prototype will be made in Indonesia and another one in Turkey. The communication has been maintained intensively between Ministry of defense of Indonesia and SavunmaSanayiiMustesarligi (SSM), Ministry of Defense of Turkey.

“For the progress of B2B, some of workers of Pindad have been sent to learn the welding technique of aluminum armored that is used as the raw material of the medium tank,” said President Director of Pindad Silmy Karim. He also admitted he felt optimistic that this project would run well in the future. “We are optimistic that medium tank program will run well because the industrial technology capacity of Indonesia and Turkey are good enough,” he closed.

Turkish-Indonesian Medium Tank concept.

Denel, South Korea in talks to integrate Al-Tariq bomb kit on FA-50s

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CAPE TOWN / SEOUL,  --Denel Dynamics, the missile and UAV division of South Africa's Denel, is in talks with South Korea about integrating the Al-Tariq precision-guided bomb kit with the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light fighter, a senior company executive has disclosed.

Thiens Botha, the company's product manager for stand-off weapons, told IHS Jane's on 23 April that the discussions involved the GPS/INS-guided variant, with fold-out wings and booster motor giving a range of about 100 km. The wingless variant has a range of about 40 km, depending on the release altitude.

Imaging infrared and semi-active laser seeker options are also available for the Al-Tariq in a guidance and extension-range kit also known as the Umbani, which can be fitted to Mk 81, Mk 82, and Mk 83 bombs. The kit is a joint venture between Denel Dynamics and Tawazun Dynamics of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Botha said the South Korean talks marked the start of an international marketing campaign following the completion of "several hundred" kits for the UAE. The kits were now operational on the UAE's Mirage 2000-9 fighters and Hawker 102 trainers, he said.

Manufacturing would move to the UAE around the end of 2016, after which the South African company would focus on development. This was likely to include a radar seeker and a range extension of up to 200 km, said Botha.

A stand-off bomb requirement was anticipated for the South African Air Force (SAAF) around 2018 and initial discussions had begun with Saab on requirements for the potential integration of the Al-Tariq on the SAAF's Saab Gripen fighters. Al-Tariq is already integrated on the SAAF's BAE Systems Hawk Mk 120 lead-in fighter trainers.

A demonstration firing on 23 April at a Rheinmetall Defence-Denel exhibition at South Africa's Overberg test range saw an Al-Tariq launched from a SAAF Hawk at 30,000 feet strike less than a metre from the designated point of impact after a camera-monitored flight of 40 km.

A full-sized mock-up of the Denel Dynamics Al-Tariq/Umbani modular glide bomb.

Philippine will Install Xanatos Coast Watch System

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SUBIC, —The province that is staring Chinese aggression in the face has secured help from a Canadian surveillance firm to keep track of the intrusion of foreign vessels and other marine activities in the West Philippine Sea.

Backed by a March 23 provincial board resolution, the Zambales government has commissioned Xanatos Marine Ltd. to put up a system that would monitor in real time all vessels which enter the province’s territorial waters, Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said on Thursday.

Using the surveillance system, Zambales can “prevent foreign fishermen from illegally entering our territorial waters,” he said. “We will show them that they can’t just bully us,” he said.

Xanatos’ Provincial Coast Watch System was initially offered to Zambales as an initiative to protect the coastal waters of Zambales from waste dumping into the sea, Ebdane said.

“We’ve been receiving reports that there are many foreign vessels that dump human waste into our territorial waters. That’s the reason we are seeking the help of this Canadian company,” he said.

Xanatos is a Vancouver-based technology company which describes its product in its website as an automatic identification system that collates information about any vessel’s position, course and speed using a transponder system.

The company first offered its system to the Department of Transportation and Communication in 2012, to combat smuggling, piracy and terrorism and to help in search and rescue operations.

The Scarborough Shoal is an “ancient territory of the province of Zambales [that] has become one of the flash points of territorial dispute between the Philippines and China,” the board resolution said.

Recently, 80 fishermen from Zambales, Pangasinan and Bataan provinces were driven off Scarborough Shoal by water cannons fired by patrolling Chinese Coast Guard vessels.

The shoal, which is some 230 kilometers from Masinloc town, Zambales, serves as a mid-sea refuge for fishing boats during stormy weather. It is considered a free zone for local fishermen until the Chinese began patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

Ebdane said the Xanatos system would be integrated with the monitoring system of the Philippine Coast Guard. The system would also help Zambales keep track of vessels that would need to pay tariff when they dock to transact business in the province, he said.

“We want to identify every ship that enters our territory and get information about its purpose. If a vessel is not authorized to be here, then it will be questioned,” he said.

Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora said the system can bring back fishermen to the shoal. “Our fishermen have been afraid to return to the shoal. They would rather stay within the municipal waters of Masinloc,” Edora said.

She said a 127-hectare fishing sanctuary in the island village of San Salvador has become an alternative fishing ground for local fishermen.

But the provincial board cited the benefits of the surveillance system for local fishing communities that have been harassed while fishing at Bajo de Masinloc, also referred to as Scarborough Shoal.

The Scarborough Shoal is an “ancient territory of the province of Zambales [that] has become one of the flash points of territorial dispute between the Philippines and China,” the board resolution said.

Recently, 80 fishermen from Zambales, Pangasinan and Bataan provinces were driven off Scarborough Shoal by water cannons fired by patrolling Chinese Coast Guard vessels.

The shoal, which is some 230 kilometers from Masinloc town, Zambales, serves as a mid-sea refuge for fishing boats during stormy weather. It is considered a free zone for local fishermen until the Chinese began patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

Ebdane said the Xanatos system would be integrated with the monitoring system of the Philippine Coast Guard. The system would also help Zambales keep track of vessels that would need to pay tariff when they dock to transact business in the province, he said.

“We want to identify every ship that enters our territory and get information about its purpose. If a vessel is not authorized to be here, then it will be questioned,” he said.

Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora said the system can bring back fishermen to the shoal. “Our fishermen have been afraid to return to the shoal. They would rather stay within the municipal waters of Masinloc,” Edora said.

She said a 127-hectare fishing sanctuary in the island village of San Salvador has become an alternative fishing ground for local fishermen.

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HASC Bill Would Speed Up Cruiser Modernization Plan

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WASHINGTON, -- The Navy’s cruiser modernization effort will once again be a hot topic of debate, as some House Armed Services Committee (HASC) members push for a tighter timeline for the maintenance and combat system upgrades.

The Navy’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 complies with last year’s congressional compromise – rather than set aside 11 of the 22 cruisers and upgrade them just in time to replace the remaining 11 cruisers as they retire next decade, the Navy would begin modernizing them now. Two ships a year would go into maintenance, for a shipyard availability of no more than four years, with no more than six ships in maintenance at any given time –the so-called 2/4/6 plan.

But even as the Navy is still advocating its previous plan, some HASC members are pushing in the opposite direction, demanding that the Navy complete the modernization work in two years instead of four.

According to the seapower and projection forces subcommittee’s section of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, the Navy would have two years to get the ships in and out of the yard, and an extra six months if the Navy secretary files for an extension.

Subcommittee chairman Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) told USNI News today that he asked the Navy how long the cruiser modernization shipyard availability should take, and officials told him 18 months. Forbes argues the 2/2/6 plan still allows an additional year to complete the work if problems arise.

Subcommittee staff, however, told reporters Wednesday that, even though the work can be done in two years instead of four, it comes at a higher cost.

The four-year plan would allow the Navy to do the hull, mechanical and electrical work and the combat system upgrades piecemeal, fitting the work into valleys in the shipyards’ overall workload. Under the two-year plan, the HM&E and combat system work would have to happen concurrently, and it would have to happen on a strict timeline regardless of what else the shipyards had planned.

The four-year plan would have allowed the Navy to dip to a minimal crew size – 46, the staffers said – in the middle of the work period, lowering personnel costs for a time. Under a two-year plan, there is not enough downtime to reduce the crew size, so the Navy would lose out on those expected costs savings.

And, of course, under the two-year plan the Navy would have to purchase combat systems and other materials sooner, creating more of a budget crunch in the short-term. The Ship Modernization, Operation and Sustainment Fund (SMOSF) – a bank account of sorts created in FY 2013 to prevent the Navy from retiring seven cruisers rather than modernizing them – currently has about $2 billion set aside for the work and would run out in mid-FY 2019 under the 2/4/6 plan. The subcommittee staffers said SMOSF would expire a year earlier under the 2/2/6 plan.

The staffers would not characterize the maintenance itself as more expensive under 2/2/6, since the material and the manhours to complete the work would be the same. But they said the two-year plan results in “savings the Navy is unable to realize” that they would have under a four-year modernization schedule – and therefore the two-year plan spends SMOSF faster, reduces the potential to save money and expends the ships’ service life faster by putting them back out into the fleet the fastest of all the plans being discussed.

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) told reporters after the subcommittee markup today that the 2/2/6 plan’s inclusion in the subcommittee language does not mean all subcommittee members agree with it. Typically, the subcommittee members and their staffs spend so much time on the language that what is voted on to the full committee has virtually unanimous support – any further disagreements are settled in the full committee markup or during House floor debate. In this case, Courtney said, HASC is running about two weeks ahead of schedule and there was not enough time for members to settle on a cruiser modernization plan they could all agree on.

“I have concerns, so I think we’ll give you some suspense,” he said, declining to elaborate on his concerns but saying there would be a fuller debate on the topic during the April 29 full committee markup.

Forbes, on the other hand, discounted the cost and service life issues. On cost, he said a more important question to ask is, “what’s the cost to the country if we need cruisers out there and we don’t have those cruisers?” On the issue of service life – one of the key arguments the Navy has made for keeping to its plan to postpone modernization on the 11 cruisers until the older ones retire – Forbes said, “make no bones about it, the Navy has never joked that this was about the service life of these vessels; its’ always been about budgets and cutting them.”

He added that if the Navy had serious concerns about expending service life too soon, “we don’t mind buying additional time” and slowing down the maintenance work if the Navy can prove it will follow through with its requirement to modernize the cruisers and return them to the fleet.

Forbes still has questions for the Navy on the issue, since the Navy’s original intention was to “euthanize them, not modernize them,” he said. Regarding the previous plan for eventual phased modernization, “if they want to come back and show us where they’d put money in to make sure [the modernization is] going to actually be done and give us some certainty,” he would be willing to consider a slower work plan. But absent some guarantees, Forbes wants the ships into maintenance and back into the fleet as quickly as possible.

Also in the defense bill, the subcommittee restores funding for destroyer modernization that had been cut due to tight budgets. The Navy decided earlier this year to cancel ballistic missile defense upgrades for five destroyers over five years. The subcommittee staffers said that decision creates a “capability deficit” their bill addresses, but they could not comment yet on the exact number of destroyer modernizations it would restore, pending full committee decisions.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Antietam (CG-54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji.

Two Littoral Combat Ships to Deploy to Singapore Next Year, Four by 2017

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WASHINGTON, -- The U.S. Navy will begin a permanent presence of two Littoral Combat Ships in Singapore next year with four planned to be forward deployed and based at the Changi Naval Base by 2017, service officials told USNI News on Friday.

The service didn’t offer any additional details on which variants were to be included in the deployment or which missions packages they would field.

Following the return of Lockheed Martin Freedom-variant LCS USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) — currently operating from Singapore — the follow-on LCS would travel to Changi with the second to join it shortly thereafter.

The 2016 timeline was first reported on Thursday by Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Rear Adm. Charles Williams — commander of Combined Task Force 73 — told the magazine the Navy plans to eventually deploy two of each variant of LCS in Singapore.

In particular, Williams told Jane’s the Austal USA Independence-class LCS aviation capabilities will be valuable for the region.

“It is the largest flight deck on any of our ships short of the aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships,” he said.

The ships will still continue under the so-called 3-2-1 deployment plan in which three crews of will man two ships with one of those ships forward deployed at any given time.

“Under the 3-2-1 plan, baseline LCSs are to be deployed for 16 months at a time, and crews are maintain a greater percentage of the baseline LCS force in deployed status at any given time than would be possible under the traditional approach of maintaining one crew for each baseline LCS and deploying baseline LCSs for six to eight months at a time, “read a recent Congressional Research Service report on LCS.

Almost at the halfway point of the 16 month deployment, Fort Worth has had less setbacks than the USS Freedom (LCS-1) with fewer complications and casualty reports (CASREPS).

“As challenging as Freedom was, Fort Worth has just been phenomenal,” Naval Sea Systems Command’s Program Executive Officer for LCS told USNI News in April.

The first of class littoral combat ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), left, and USS Independence (LCS 2), maneuver together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California.

Five C-17As Still for Sale - Boeing

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MELBOURNE, — Boeing said it still had five C-17A Globemaster transports for sale following confirmation that the Royal Australian Air Force would take another two.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced April 10 the purchase of the two strategic airlifters at RAAF Base Amberley, southwest of Brisbane. The two aircraft will bring the total number of C-17s in Australian ownership to eight.

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews said that AUS $1 billion (US $777 million) would be spent on acquiring the two aircraft, including $300 million of infrastructure works at Amberley.

"Australia has worked closely with the United States Air Force to acquire the first aircraft within six months of the initial order and the second aircraft within 10 months of the delivery of the first," the minister said.

"This will mean that the ADF will gain additional operating capability within a short timeframe."

Last October, former Australian Defence Minister David Johnston forecast the acquisition of the two additional aircraft and said the Australian government was also requesting pricing and availability data from the US government for a further two.

"On 3 October 2014, the government commenced the process of purchasing two additional C-17A aircraft, and requested pricing and availability data for two further aircraft," a Defence spokesperson said.

"The [forthcoming] Force Structure Review will consider two further C-17A aircraft [a 9th and 10th C-17A]."

However a Boeing spokesman denied knowledge of any options and said that five of the 10 "white tail" aircraft it has privately funded remain for sale.

"There are no options, all five are currently available for sale," the spokesman said.

In addition to the Australia pair, Canada has purchased one aircraft and two have been sold to an undisclosed customer in the Middle East.

New Zealand is another country linked to a potential C-17 purchase, having recently launched its Future Air Mobility Capability program to replace its 50-year-old Lockheed Hercules fleet.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17 performs during the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield.


US seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

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MANILA, -- The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region.

The Asia "pivot" has already seen US Marines rotating through the Australian tropical city of Darwin, the country's closest city to Asia, for training.

At least eight locations in the Philippines have been identified as possible sites where US troops, planes and ships will be rotated through a series of military training and exercises, Gen. Gregorio Catapang, military chief, told local television network ABS-CBN.

But, the Americans will have to wait until after the Philippine's Supreme Court makes its rulings on the constitutionality of the military deal, called the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, signed last year between Manila and Washington. It may decide later this year.

"If we formalize (now) and they start putting up structures and it's not constitutional, they will have to destroy those structures," Catapang said late on Friday, adding the list was finalized in October during a Mutual Defense Board meeting.

Four of the locations are on the main island of Luzon, where US and Filipino soldiers usually hold exercises, two on the central Cebu island, and two more on the western island of Palawan, near the disputed Spratlys.

China claims most of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, disputed in parts with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, and denies accusations its actions in its own territory are provocative.

Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the Spratly islands, which drew concern from the United States and its allies in Asia.

"Once the US rebalance to Asia policy is in full swing, the Philippines expects the Americans to seek more access to military bases on Mindanao island and civilian airstrips on Luzon," said a senior air force official familiar with the arrangements.

"The Americans are interested in Laoag airport and Batanes island, both in the northern part of Luzon," he said, adding US planes had landed on Batanes during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s.

The United States is also interested to return to its two former military bases in Subic and Clark, which they left in 1992 after the Philippines terminated the basing agreement.

U. S. Navy Guided-Missile Cruiser USS Chosin Drops Anchor in Subic Bay, Philippines.


RTA Will Have Six AW-139 Helicopters

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BANGKOK, -- Army sources said The Army has decided to supply 6 AW139 helicopter under budget 2,800 million baht, which is stationed in the center of Army Aviation missions in support of the task of the First-Fourth Army Region Commando.

Plan to supply helicopters was made after the accident in November of 2014, the Bell 212 helicopter has fatal crashed until the death of nine people, including deputy Third Army Region commander major general Songpol Thongjeen.

The source said the that the Army plans to use the new aircraft in the Army as a general helicopter using EC145-T2. The AW139 into the regular army to replace the Bell 212 in the different sectors.

The Army will begin pilot selection, the first batch of 18 in total, a pilot and a flight instructor and aircraft mechanic include 2 officers, total 22 will be trained in Italy.

The ROyal Thi Army  Agusta Westland (AW-139)Utility Helicopter.


Malaysia Plans to Upgrade Four Kedah-Class Corvettes for ASW Role

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) plans to upgrade four of its Kedah (Meko 100 RMN)-class corvettes for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, an RMN official has confirmed.

The RMN operates six Kedah-class vessels, which were commissioned between June 2006 and December 2010. The vessels are based on the Blohm+Voss MEKO 100 design and were built by local prime contractor Penang Shipbuilding & Construction (now Boustead Naval Shipyard) in partnership with a German naval consortium.

To achieve the ASW upgrade, the RMN is proposing to equip the four vessels with torpedo launchers, towed array and hull-mounted sonars, and equipment to support the operation of an ASW helicopter, the official told the annual OPVs & Corvettes Asia Pacific conference in Singapore.

The Royal Malaysian Navy KD Pahang (172)  Kedah-class Corvette based on the (MEKO-100).

Royal Brunei Navy and Royal Australian Navy 16th Serial of Exercise PENGUIN 2015 Activated

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MUARA NAVAL BASE, – EX PENGUIN, a bilateral exercise conducted biennially between the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), has reached its 16th serial. This year, the RBN is hosting the Ex PENGUIN 16/15 in Brunei Darussalam. The opening ceremony for the exercise took place this morning at Muara Naval base.

The exercise Task Group 632.1 was activated by Lieutenant Colonel (L) Pg Mohammad bin Pg Haji Damit, Fleet Commander of RBN, during the Opening Ceremony at the Senior Rates Mess of Muara Naval Base, and representing RAN was Wing Commander Michael Cawley, Deputy Defence Advisor to Singapore and Brunei.

The Fleet Commander of RBN highlighted in his speech that Ex PENGUIN is a testament to the existing bond between the two navies and this year, Ex PENGUIN will elevate the bilateral ties to a higher level. The Fleet Commander also emphasized on the safe conduct of the evolutions throughout the exercise whilst focusing to meet the objectives of the exercise; improving mutual doctrine, procedures and operational tactics between both navies.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS ARMIDALE, Lieutenant Commander Philip Draper in his speech, amongst all others, "The officers and crew of HMAS ARMIDALE are delighted to be in Brunei and are very much looking forward to participating in Exercise Penguin with our Bruneian colleagues. The aim of Exercise Penguin is to strengthen and enhance the mutual cooperation and understanding between the RBN and RAN.  We very much appreciate the opportunity to operate with the RBN and sharpen our skills in maritime surveillance and interdiction"

Task Group 632.1 for the exercise led by Lieutenant Colonel (L) Khairil bin Haji Abd Rahman, Commanding Officer of KDB DARUTTAQWA as the Commander Task Group (CTG) 632.1 and Lieutenant Commander Philip Draper, Commanding Officer of HMAS ARMIDALE as the Deputy Commander Task Group (DCTG) 632.1. The task group consists of HMAS ARMIDALE of RAN whereas; RBN consists of KDB DARUTTQWA and KDB SYAFAAT.

The exercise will feature both ashore and sea training activities. The harbour training will cover theoretical subjects and sharing of knowledge between experts such as Exercises Briefing and Boarding Demonstration. While the Sea Phase activities aim to develop naval coordination in executing tactical operations which includes Minefield Transit, Communication Drills, Surface Tracking and Firing, and Maritime Interdiction Operations. RBN and RAN share common values as well as traditions and looking forward to continue strengthening mutual bonds and professional relationship through the conduct of Ex PENGUIN series of exercises.

The exercise has witnessed broadening of scope and complexity through the years of its existence and this exercise codenamed “EX PENGUIN 16/15” is the latest of its continuing series.

The RAN arrived in yesterday 19 April, onboard the HMAS ARMIDALE ship led by Lieutenant Commander Philip Draper, Commanding Officer of HMAS ARMIDALE. They were ceremonially and traditionally welcomed by Lieutenant Colonel (L) Khairil bin Haji Abd Rahman, Commanding Officer of KDB DARUTTAQWA, as well as RBN personnel and the Royal Brunei Navy Band.

The ship will take part in a 5-day exercise with KDB DARUTTAQWA and KDB SYAFAAT with the aspiration to enhance relationship and mutual understanding between the two navies.  The exercise will focus on sharing of knowledge and experience, enhancing professionalism and interoperability amongst the ships involved.

The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) HMAS Armidale and KDB Daruttaqwa of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) ships anchored at Muara Naval base.

Php43-M Allocated for Acquisition of Huey II Spare Parts

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MANILA, -- The Department of National Defense (DND), through its Quick Response Fun CY 2014, is allocating the sum of Php43,189,636. 10 for the acquisition of spare parts needed for the activation of one its Huey II helicopters.

The latter is a more powerful and capable version of the UH-1 helicopter.

Once activated, the Huey II, with tail number 662, will be used for humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

"The guiding principles for this project shall be based on affordability and sustainability while conforming to the requirements of the Philippine Air Force in furtherance of accomplishing its mission," DND bidding and awards committee head Undersecretary Natalio C Ecarma II said in an invitation to bid document.

Delivery of the aircraft parts is required within a period of sixty calendar days for line Item #1(T53-L-703) and forty 45 calendar days for the remaining 157 line items upon issuance of notice to proceed.

Bidders should have completed within five years before the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project.

A pre-bid conference will be held on April 28 at 10 A.M. at DND BAC Conference Room, Basement, Right Wing, DND Building, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

While bid opening and submission is scheduled for May 14, 10 a.m. in the same venue.

The Philippine Air Force Bell "Huey II" (662) of the 505th Search and Rescue Group (SRG).