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General Discussion / Re: Design review finalized for PCG patrol vessels
« on: February 01, 2018, 01:17:45 AM »
According to DOTR, design supervision contract should be awarded early this year and start of construction of the two vessels is targeted January 2019.




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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: MMRV-4409
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:47:11 PM »
BRP Cabra, photo courtesy by monmon0080. Admin please edit title, and spelling. Thanks.


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General Discussion / Re: Design review finalized for PCG patrol vessels
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:08:07 AM »
The design study for the 94 meter MRRVs was finished last Sept 2017 by a company that won a tender from JICA.

According to DOTR, design supervision contract should be awarded early this year and start of construction of the two vessels is targeted January 2019.


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Latest bidding failed. “The bid is not responsive.”

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General Discussion / Re: Rebooting US-PH communications
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:07:35 PM »
How can DND, AFP take advantage of this?

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Defense Legislation / Re: PH 2019 Budget
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:11:04 AM »
This 2019 PHP 4.2 Trilion budget ceiling is almost 500 billion more than the ₱3.77-trillion national budget for 2018.

DBM pegs proposed 2019 nat’l budget ceiling at P4.2T
By Ben O. de Vera
Inquirer Business
January 8, 2018 at 11:42 am
 
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has pegged at P4.2 trillion the ceiling for the proposed 2019 national budget, which the country’s budget chief said will be mostly cash-based for the first time.


Read more: https://business.inquirer.net/243736/dbm-pegs-proposed-2019-natl-budget-ceiling-p4-2t#ixzz53aOOedbR

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Defense Legislation / Re: PH 2019 Budget
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:03:03 AM »
DBM pegs proposed 2019 nat’l budget ceiling at P4.2T
By Ben O. de Vera
Inquirer Business
January 8, 2018 at 11:42 am
 
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has pegged at P4.2 trillion the ceiling for the proposed 2019 national budget, which the country’s budget chief said will be mostly cash-based for the first time.


Read more: https://business.inquirer.net/243736/dbm-pegs-proposed-2019-natl-budget-ceiling-p4-2t#ixzz53aOOedbR

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Defense Legislation / PH 2019 Budget
« on: January 08, 2018, 02:59:00 AM »
http://www.dbm.gov.ph/index.php/21-secretary-s-corner/press-releases/413-government-gears-up-to-prepare-2019-budget

GOVERNMENT GEARS UP TO PREPARE 2019 BUDGET

The DBM has issued the Budget Call for 2019 under National Budget Memorandum No. 129 last January 3, 2018. The issuance outlines the budget preparation guidelines and procedures for the formulation and submission of agency budget proposals for 2019.


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We now have a more specific tentative date for bidding and awarding of the two 94 meter MRRVs, it's between April to October 2018. 

Target start of construction is January 2019.

April 2018 is actually the start of the consulting services for the "Procurement, Construction Supervision and Management, and Operation and Maintenance Advisory Services" for the 94 meter MRRVs.




http://www.ps-philgeps.gov.ph/home/images/BAC/ForeignAssitedProjects/11102017/DOTR-PCG-JICA-RFP.pdf


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The seven unit Maritime Disaster Response Helicopter Acquisition Project is now a six unit project as described by a NEDA Official. It’s now for NEDA Board approval.

Looks like it’s a unit less because of the ongoing one unit Helo procurement for the PCG.

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The project to improve the capacity of the Philippine Coast Guard involve the acquisition of six helicopters that will be used for marine disaster response.

“We are moving forward to complement the Philippine Coast Guard not only in terms of sea-based coastguard operations but air. There are about six operational areas in the entire Philippines that will be supported,” Uy said.

https://businessmirror.com.ph/government-infrastructure-push-to-boost-gdp-growth-for-next-year/
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/636557/six-new-projects-up-for-neda-board-approval/story/

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General Discussion / Re: Ang Huling Isla
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:55:13 PM »
Very good documentary as usual from Mr. Howie Severino. Hopefully, they'll do a series for all the Philippines' outermost islands like Mavulis, Mapun, Balabac, etc.

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The remaining Light Helicopter available from the PCG's 2014 list is the EC145/H145. The Bell 429 doesn't meet the minimum 1,500 kgs useful load and a AW109 variant doesn't meet the minimum "Unobstructed cabin volume of at least 200 cubic ft".

This was part of the presentation by Commodore Reconquista, Philippine Coast Guard that describes the plans to improve maritime patrol capabilities in alignment with economic and security priority initiatives beyond 2014, around Nov 2014 at the 11th Annual Global MDA conference, Sinagapore.

There are two categories of helicopters the PCG is looking at: light and medium. 

This is to prioritise interoperability with PCG SAR vessels.



We are reminded of the Bell helicopter comment of Rear Adm Chen in a DefenceIQ interview, as the Bell 429 is in the shortlist of light helicopters being eyed by the PCG. The AW109E and EC145 are also candidates.


Apparently, they're looking also at the Bell 412EP (as indicated in another previous slide) and the Airbus AS365 N3.


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The status of the "Procurement of Light to Medium Weight Search and Rescue Helicopter" is CANCELLED according to philgeps. The remarks is "PS-DBM to undertake the procurement activities.".

Bright side is the budget can be increased and the "Maritime Disaster Response Helicopter Acquisition Project" is continued. Libre mangarap hehehehe

Some observations on the specifications, old versus new :

Old specifications
Maximum Gross Weight - 6000 - 7000 lbs (2,727 kg - 3,181.81 kg)
Useful load – Not less than 900 kgs
With Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) for pilot load management with fully coupled 4-axis autopilot system
Surveillance Mission (fully configured less hoist with 2 pilots + 1 crew): Range at least 300 NM
Wire strike protection system
Airframe hours meter
no stated "Unobstructed cabin volume of at least 200 cubic ft"
With cabin door dimension at least 110 centimeters width

New specifications
Maximum Gross Weight - Must not exceed 4,800 kgs
Useful load - Not less than 1000 kgs
Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) with auto hover capability
Surveillance Mission (fully configured less hoist with 2 pilots + 1 crew): Radius of operation at least 100 NM
no Wire strike protection system defined
no Airframe hours meter defined
Unobstructed cabin volume of at least 200 cubic ft
no stated "With cabin door dimension at least 110 centimeters width"

The new specification "Unobstructed cabin volume of at least 200 cubic ft" disqualifies AW109 as it only has 123.601 cubic ft  (3.5 m3 / 124 ft3), see in http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/aw109-power-2

Btw, the new and current bidding of the "SUPPLY, DELIVERY, TESTING AND COMMISSIONING OF LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT , MULTI-PURPOSE, TWIN ENGINE HELICOPTER", one unit only and coordinated with the Procurement Service of the DBM. It is currently postponed :D

Newest specifications :D
Maximum Gross Weight - None Stated
Useful load - Not less than 1500 kg
Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) with auto hover capability with fully coupled 4-axis autopilot system with auto hover capability
Surveillance Mission (fully configured less hoist with 2 pilots + 1 crew): Radius of operation at least 100 NM
no Wire strike protection system defined
no Airframe hours meter defined
Cabin and cargo volume of at least 200 cubic ft to accommodate transport of two (2) patients at a time lying on the stretchers. Stretchers’ provisions are attached on cabin deck.
"With cabin door dimension at least 110 centimeters width" - None stated

Troop and Cargo Transport : Provisions for at least 8 pax, cargo hook system with min 1,360 kgs capacity
Search and Rescue : Weather and search radar, rescue hoist, provisions for 8 survivors (at least), FLIR, emergency floats, binoculars, NVG, 300 kgs capacity external rescue hoist
Seating Capacity : The helicopter can accommodate at least ten (10) persons including pilots
Range (ISA + Sea Level condition, assume 170 lbs weight for each person) :
a) Transport Mission (fully configured less hoist with 2 pilots + 8 pax): Range at least 100 NM
b) Surveillance Mission (fully configured less hoist with 2 pilots + 1 crew): Radius of operation at least 100 NM
c) SAR Mission (fully configured, with rescue hoist equipment, 2 pilots + 1 crew, will pick up 3 persons): Range at least 100 NM radius with reaction time of 1 HR or less from takeoff point to pick up point.

Miscellaneous/Ground Equipment
  • Air intake / exhaust covers 
  • Ground tools kit (lifting tool, Pitot tubes covers, ground towing and handling equipment) 
  • Standard set of Airborne tools per aircraft 
  • Tie-down fittings provisions
  • Tie-down lashing for helideck operations on PCG SARV

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General Discussion / Re: Philippine Coast Guard manpower
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:05:17 PM »
Department Order 2014-10 - Philippine Coast Guard Organizational Structure

http://dotr.gov.ph/images/issuances/DO/2014/do-2014-10.pdf

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III. STRUCTURE

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2. Further, the PCG is envisioned to increase it current personnel strength to 13,500 by year 2020 with 11,800 Non Officers and 1,700 Officers at 1:7 ratio based on R.A. 9993.



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INVITATION TO BID for the
Supply, Delivery, Testing and Commissioning of Light to Medium Weight, Multi-Purpose, Twin Engine Helicopter for the Philippine Coast Guard

One unit for PHP 745,620,000.00.

I’m wondering what’s their target model. Sobra ang budget for H145 but seems kulang for AW139 as mentioned by PinoyAviators as the PCG’s desired models.

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