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

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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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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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USS Coronado departs Hawaii, resumes rotational deployment to Singapore

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PEARL HARBOR, -- Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) departed the waters surrounding Hawaii to continue its 16-month rotational deployment to 7th Fleet in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance, Sept. 29.

The ship's departure followed a brief maintenance period, pre-underway checks, and sea trials to validate repairs to two high-speed flexible couplings in the ship's propulsion plant.

The high-speed flexible couplings failed while Coronado was en route to Singapore, Aug. 29. Following the casualty, Coronado returned to Hawaii under its own power and commenced repairs to the couplings.

A group of maintenance specialists who evaluated the damage to Coronado determined this casualty was not a result of human error, but rather a material deficiency. Though not as severe as the casualty Coronado experienced, USS Independence (LCS 2) experienced a similar casualty to its high-speed flexible couplings earlier this year. The Navy is working with shipbuilding company Austal to identify related design deficiencies.

Coronado and its combined crew of about 100 Sailors assigned to LCS Squadron 1 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 began their deployment June 22 after departing their homeport of Naval Base San Diego. They participated in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise, in which the ship successfully completed a Harpoon Block 1C missile LCS-based launch.

The firing of the Harpoon missile from Coronado represented the first time over-the-horizon (OTH) missile technology has been introduced to the LCS class.

Coronado's deployment is part of an initiative to deploy up to four littoral combat ships to the region on a rotational basis. Coronado will operate out of Singapore as a maintenance and logistics hub from which the ship will conduct patrols and train with regional navies during exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).

Coronado deployed with a surface warfare mission package that includes two 30mm guns, two 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats and two six-member maritime security boarding teams. HSC 23 is embarked aboard Coronado with one MH-60 helicopter and two MQ-8 Fire Scouts unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with maritime surveillance radar (Telephonics AN/ZPY-4).

The ship is assigned to U.S. 3rd Fleet. U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.


The US Navy Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific 2016.


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Philippine Navy second SSV christened BRP Davao Del Sur Thursday

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MANILA, -- The Philippine Navy (PN)'s second strategic sealift vessel (SSV) was formally launched and christened the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) at the Surabaya shipyard of Indonesian contractor PT PAL (Persero) Thursday morning.
She is the sister ship of the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), currently the largest Filipino warship commissioned.
BRP Tarlac was commissioned during short ceremonies at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor last June 1.
She arrived in the Philippines last May 14 after a five-day journey from PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya which started on May 9.
PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia, Maria Lumen Isleta, served as the lady sponsor who led the opening of the curtain to unveil the vessel’s name and the traditional smashing of a sacrificial bottle of champagne over its bow.
Naming the vessel after Davao Del Sur is consistent with its predecessor, BRP Tarlac (LD-601), which was also named after a province.
It further gives recognition to the province as sanctuary of natural wonders and rarities like the country’s highest peak Mount Apo, the most prized Philippine orchid Vanda Sanderiana, and the endangered Philippine Eagle.
Witnesses to the launching and christening ceremonies were Defense undersecretaries Ricardo David Jr. and Raymundo Elefante; Armed Forces of the Philippines vice chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Miranda; and PN vice commander Rear Adm. Rafael Mariano.
On the other hand, distinguished members of Indonesian delegation included the Ministry of Defense General Secretary, Vice Adm. Widodo; Deputy of Ministry of State Own Enterprises, Fajar Harry Sampurno; and PT Pal’s Director of Shipbuilding Turitan Indaryo.
BRP Davao Del Sur is also a Makassar-class landing platform dock like her sister ship BRP Tarlac.
Its delivery to the Philippines, tentatively scheduled on the midpart of 2017, will complete the two-unit SSV procurement project with an approved budget contract of PHP4 billion sourced from the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund.
Just like the BRP Tarlac, the PN's latest SSV will serve as a floating command-and-control ship especially in the conduct of humanitarian assistance and disaster response and will also serve as a military sealift and transport vessel.
The ship has an overall length of 120 meters, breadth of 21 meters, draft of five meters and carry a payload of 2,800 tons.
She has a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.
BRP Davao Del Sur can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters.



The Philippine Navy second Strategic Sealift Vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (602) at PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia.


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Indonesian Navy Second Sigma 10514 class Frigate Launch

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JAKARTA, -- The Indonesian Navy Second Frigate Sigma 10514 is being commissioned by the Ministry of Defence in strengthening the presence of defense equipment, and will be officially handed over in October 2017.

"Once launched, the ship will undergo refinement and will be officially handed over in October 2017, "he said.

Firmansyah explained, Sigma 10514 is the result of cooperation of technology transfer between PT PAL Indonesia by ship company Holland" Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding "(DSNs) and has tested 7 September 2016.

In the process of Sigma 10514, PT PAL Indonesia and DSNs using a modular system, and each vessel consists of six modules, with final assembly done in Indonesia.

The frigate types were designed for different type of warfare among them for battle by land, air, water and under water, and equipped with maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian missions capabilities.

Meanwhile, Sigma 10514 common specifications: length = 105.11 meters Width = 14.02 meters draft Air = 3.7 meters Weight = 2,365 tons Distance = 5,000 nM Power Transport = 100 + 20 People Speed 28 Knots max.

NOTE: News information was translated via Google.


The Republic of Indonesian Navy The second Sigma class 10514 frigate KRI IG Ngurah Rai (332).


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US Navy, Philippines armed forces to conduct PHIBLEX 33

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MANILA, -- U.S. Marines and sailors from the Bonhomme Richard expeditionary strike group (ESG) are scheduled to take part in a joint exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines which is set to start next week. The 33rd iteration of the Philippines amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX 33) will take place on multiple locations in Luzon and Palawan between October 4 – 12. According to local media, four US Navy ships already arrived at Subic Bay Freeport. Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3), Pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship USNS Bowditch (T-AGS) and submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40) are in port ahead of the exercise. Humanitarian civic assistance efforts, an amphibious landing exercise and live-fire training featuring artillery are on the program for PHIBLEX 33. The exercise will include approximately 1,400 U.S. service members based in Okinawa, Japan and 500 Philippine Armed Forces personnel working side-by- side to grow capabilities and better prepare to operate together during a natural disaster or armed conflict. “The opportunity to train and build mutually beneficial capabilities with our Armed Forces of the Philippines partners is essential for sharpening our bilateral amphibious and humanitarian assistance capabilities, both hallmarks of the U.S. Marine Corps” said Brig. Gen. John M. Jansen, Commanding General, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. “Exchanging expertise and cultivating our longstanding security alliance provides a cornerstone for security and stability in the region, and has for decades.” The humanitarian and civic assistance portion of the exercise, beginning in September and concluding 12 October, includes engineering projects to improve local infrastructure and health engagements to exchange medical best practices and supplement the medical needs of Philippine citizens. Field training during the exercise includes small arms and artillery live-fire which will provide the and U.S. Marine units multiple opportunities to maintain and sharpen their skills while enhancing interoperability. Additional U.S. units participating include Amphibious Squadron 11, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and the three ships of Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG). The ARG consists of the USS BHR (LHD-6), the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), and the USS Germantown (LSD-48). Philippine units include the 3d Marine Brigade and the Philippine Navy’s new strategic sealift vessel, the BRP Tarlac.



The USS Germantown (LSD 42) during annual bilateral training exercise conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines PHIBLEX 15 in Palawan, Philippines.



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7th annual Naval Engagement Activity Vietnam begins

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DA NANG, -- The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam People's Navy (VPN) kicked off the 7th annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam with a welcome ceremony at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, Sept. 28.

NEA Vietnam has evolved from annual port visits to Da Nang by U.S. Navy ships, which began more than a decade ago, to a multi-day bilateral naval engagement ashore and at sea. Each year the engagement becomes more complex, and last year marked the first time a littoral combat ship, USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), participated.

"Our coordination with the VPN and Da Nang People's Committee continues to be positive and productive, and we appreciate the efforts of the U.S. country team in Hanoi to continually deepen our partnership with the VPN," said Capt. H. B. Le, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7. "We've expanded the sea phase this year to incorporate a more complex CUES (Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea) event and search and rescue scenario. We're looking forward to working with [guided-missile destroyer] USS John S McCain (DDG 56) and interacting with the VPN and people in Da Nang, building on the success and lessons from last year's NEA."

NEA Vietnam 2016 will focus on non-combatant events and will include symposia in military medicine and maritime law, subject matter expert exchanges in navigation, shipboard medicine and damage control, and community service events including multiple performances by the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet rock band, Orient Express.

During the sea phase the two navies will practice communications through the CUES and conduct a search and rescue scenario.

"My Sailors are excited to visit Vietnam and look forward to the unique opportunity to operate alongside the Vietnam People's Navy," said Cmdr. Jessie Sanchez, commanding officer, John S. McCain. "I look forward to getting underway as part of our continued efforts to increase our ability to operate alongside our VPN partners."

U.S. assets participating in 2016 include John S. McCain, personnel from Commander, Task Force (CTF) 73, DESRON 7, and the U.S. 7th Fleet Band "Orient Express."

July marked the 21st anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam, and these activities are designed to foster mutual understanding, build confidence in the maritime domain, and develop relationships between the people and navies of both nations.

Commander, Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7 staff conduct advanced planning, organize resources and directly support the execution of NEA Vietnam in addition to maritime exercises such as the bilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) series and the multilateral Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) with Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.


The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches the pier in Da Nang, Vietnam, Sept. 29, 2016.



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