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P2 Billion for 5 New C-130J Aircraft Approved at Lower House

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda has said that during the small group meeting, October 19, in the House of Representatives amendments on the 2021 national budget were approved including PHP2 billion for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s acquisition of C-130 aircraft.

“’Yung requirement para halimbawa sa AFP, kailangang kailangan talaga ng C-130, gusto talaga namin lima so sabi sige pagbigyan muna ng dalawa. Kahit ito ay 15 percent downpayment lang,” Salceda said in a press interview, as quoted by


Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lieutenant General Allen Paredes said in September during House of Representatives committee hearing on 2021 proposed budget of Department of National Defense (DND) that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the acquisition of five new C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft.

“The President has directed in May this year that the Air Force, the DND and DBM, acquire five C-130Js, the newer model,” Lieutenant General Paredes said.

“We are of the opinion that this would be enough to serve, specially our mandate to be able to transport one rapidly deployable battalion at one stroke and this would also be consistent with the historical demands of like for example typhoon Yolanda when we had to carry in personnel, equipment, and supplies,” he added.

However, the Air Force chief said the C-130J acquisition project worth 37 billion pesos is included in the proposed unfunded tier 2 priority projects of DND-AFP.

“The proponent is willing to – we can have a financing agreement. What they need is 15% down payment or about 5.5 billion for the first year, hopefully for 2021,” Paredes said.

He also said that currently, PAF has “a total of 4 C-130s, only 2 are operational, the other 2 are undergoing scheduled maintenance, one in Portugal and one in Cebu.”

OPFOR: Secessionist Movements / 11 ASG yield in Sulu
« on: October 18, 2020, 10:12:51 AM »
11 ASG yield in Sulu
October 17, 2020

Eleven Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists from Sulu have surrendered to the military as combat operations continue in their stronghold, security officials disclosed Saturday.

Col. Antonio Bautista Jr., commander of the Jolo, Sulu-based 1101st Infantry Brigade, facilitated the surrender of alias “Alji,” 24; “Gaspar,” 45; “Amz,” 45; “Ardin,” 32; “Bebs,” 25; “Madz,” 48; “Uyong,” 34; “Bahad,” 52; “Nayin,” 35; “Allon,” 45; and “Asir,” 42, last Friday.

The real identities of the surrenderers were not divulged for security reasons.

Bautista said they were under the direct command of ASG bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan who is behind the twin suicide bombings in a plaza in Jolo last Aug. 24 that killed 17 people and injured 75 others.

They handed over seven assorted and high-powered firearms primarily composed of M16 Armalites and M1 Garand rifles.

Bautista said these ASG fighters were operating in Patikul, Maimbung, Indanan, Talipao, and Pata.

Major Gen. William Gonzales, commander of 11th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Sulu, said the surrenderers will undergo a social integration program to be managed by the Sulu government and the military.

To help them get back on their feet, the surrenderers were enrolled in various livelihood trainings and seminars under the supervision of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE). 

“They have undertaken their physical and medical examination at Camp Bautista Station Hospital and will go through profiling process for the next few days prior to the administration of psychosocial interventions,” Gonzales said.

Since 2017, 344 ASGs have surrendered to authorities in Sulu, of which 217 had availed themselves of Bangsamoro livelihood assistance programs.

2 NPA amazons, 1 supporter yield to authorities in Isabela
October 17, 2020

CAMP MELCHOR F. DELA CRUZ, Upi, Gamu, Isabela – Two female New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and one of their supporters surrendered to joint police and army operatives in San Mariano, Isabela province, according to the Army’s Fifth Infantry Division (5th ID) Spokesperson Maj. Jekyll Julian D. Dulawan.

Dulawan identified the NPA amazons as “Ka Grace” and “Ka Lita”, who were supply officers of  the Komiteng Rehyon- Cagayan Valley (KR-CV)

The NPA supporter, who surrendered to the authorities, was identified as “Dalisay”, a member of the Milisyang Bayan (MB), which is an NPA support group. She also surrendered an Armalite rifle.

Dulawan said the 95th Infantry Battalion (95th IB) and the local police worked out the surrender of the two NPA amazons and the former MB member.

In a related development, Dulawan said operatives of the 95th IB recovered an M16 rifle and a carbine M1 rifle in an NPA arm-cache in Barangay Cadsalan, San Mariano, Isabela.

Japanese radar system to strengthen WPS monitoring: AFP
October 13, 2020

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) would install one of the radar systems that would be delivered from Japan at the closed Matinloc gas platform located off Malampaya, Palawan near the West Philippine Sea.

"You see, we (decided that) the Matinloc platform (will) be assigned one of the radars coming from Japan to beef up our monitoring capability in the West Philippine Sea," AFP chief-of-staff, Gen. Gilbert Gapay said in an online press conference with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) Tuesday.

Gapay said these radar systems from Japan would be used to beef up the country's maritime domain awareness capability.

"Aside from radars, we are also looking at Japan as a source of (in) developing our cyber (capabilities). This is one aspect we are focusing on now and I think we can partner with Japan in this area, cyber-defense and security which is also one of their thrusts of the Japan Self Defense Force," he said.

Gapay added that the AFP is also interested in beefing up its unmanned aerial systems capability with Japanese assistance.

Japan Strikes First Arms Export Deal — Can Tokyo Find More Buyers For Its Pricey Weapons?
Sep 11, 2020

In August, Japan signed a government-government deal to export advanced air surveillance radars to the Philippines. This $103.5 million contract is considered to be modern Japan’s first export of a complete defense product—and that a full six years after the Japanese government lifted restrictions on arms sales abroad.


The radars reportedly include three fixed J/FPS-3ME Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) systems and one mobile J/TPS-P14ME. Both are optimized for medium-to-high altitude aerial surveillance and are built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO).

AESA systems are the gold-standard for military radars due to their jamming resistance, and the J/FPS-3 comprises both an L-Band surveillance system with a maximum range of 400 miles, and a more precise S-Band radar that scan out to 93 miles. Meanwhile, the J/TPS-P14 is based around an S-Band phased-array radar with air surveillance range of 250 miles.


Furthermore, the Japanese government is reportedly pursuing a radar-coverage sharing agreement with the Philippines due to Japanese interest in monitoring Chinese military activity in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Batanes Islands, which one of the new fixed radars would be surveilling. In exchange, the Philippines would receive radar data from Japanese radars in Okinawa.

Japan to consider sharing air defense radar information with Philippines in order to track Chinese aircraft
July 13, 2020

News reports from Japan says Tokyo is mulling over a plan to share air defense radar information with the Philippines in order to better track Chinese aircraft heading out to the Pacific Ocean.

Currently, Japan is able to track Chinese aircraft over the Miyako Straits but if any of those aircraft enters the Pacific via Bashi Channel, they cannot be track reliably due to the distance involved.

The plan is to share the information from Japanese radars with the Philippines while Manila will provide information collected by three Mitsubishi Electric J/FPS-3 and one J/TPS-P14 radars that Philippines is buying.


With the information provided by Philippines, Japan can get a better air picture of Chinese aircraft movements south of Taiwan and take appropriate measures much earlier.

Additional links:
JTPS-P14 @

Recently released as their entry for the Philippine Army's light tank acquisition requirement:

Quote from: Army Recognition
The Elbit Systems Sabrah light tank is available in two configurations including a tracked variant based on the General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) ASCOD 2 and a wheeled version based on the Pandur II 8x8 armored vehicle also produced by GDELS.

Elbit Systems’ “Sabrah” configurable light tank solution adds highly effective firepower to Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV’s). Based on the success of our fully combat-proven armored vehicles and turrets in use by numerous armed forces around the world, the “Sabrah” series of solutions is the latest generation AFV system developed by Elbit Systems. The modular design enables using the same 105mm turret for tracked or 8X8 wheeled platforms to deliver reliable, high-performance firepower to the battlefield.

The Sabrah turret design benefits from the reference of Elbit Systems and the IDF “Merkava” Directorate “MANTAK” combat-proven Armored Vehicles. The turrets, Fire Control Systems (FCS), electro-optics, and 105mm tank guns are in use by the IDF as well as numerous other armed forces around the world. The Booth version of the Sabrah light tank is fitted with a two-man turret armed with an Elbit Systems Land 105mm gun and one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. Each side of the turret are equipped with a bank of four smoke grenade dischargers. The turret drive is fully electric with elevation and traverse stabilization

Standard equipment of the turret includes a fire control system, laser range finder, and one panoramic sight with advanced Electro-Optic sensors (Day, Night-Vision, and LRF) for an effective day, night, and all-weather fighting conditions. The panoramic sight is used for observation and target aiming.

The 105 mm gun system is fitted with an automatic loading system with 12 rounds ready to fire. The vehicle carries a total of 36 ammunition, with 24 rounds stored in the hull. The gun can fire a wide range of NATO ammunition including HEP-T (High-explosive), HESH (High-explosive squash head), APFSDS (Armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot) as well as advanced ammunition, T-MP-HE M110.

The 105 mm gun has an effective firing range of 3,600m with a rate of fire of 6 rounds per minute.

The wheeled variant is based on the Pandur II platform, while the tracked variant is based on the ASCOD platform.

News article @ Army Recognition

Unmanned Vehicles / Drone usage in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
« on: October 04, 2020, 02:21:15 AM »
The renewed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has seen extensive use of drones, particularly on the part of the latter.

The Azerbaijani military has built up a sizable drone fleet over the past several years (Notably sourcing from the Israelis.) and has has deployed them in recent conflicts. (Notably having first used the IAI Harop during 2016 conflict.).

Recently release videos have show Azerbaijani drones targeting Armenian SAM sites and convoys:
The footage released by Azerbaijan Ministry of Defence shows drones destroying Russian-made Armenian air defence systems.
Another video of an Azerbaijani kamikaze drone in action

Azerbaijani army says it struck Armenian tanks and combat vehicles in Nagorno-Karabakh
On 27 September, Azerbaijani drones (reportedly is a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aircraft) targeted T-72 main battle tanks and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles carrying members for the Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Army, a Defense Ministry source said.

Another notable use has been the conversion of old An-2 "Colt" biplanes into drones to trick Armenian air defenses into revealing their positions:
From what I have found that's, #Azerbaijani side using #Chinese made FH-98 drone (AN-2 copy) as a bait to locate #Armenian air defense. And then target them with #Israeli Harop suicide drones

Azerbaijani military turns Soviet biplane aircraft into drones

Which corresponds with earlier reports of An-2 aircraft being shot down:
Nagorno-Karabakh claims to have shot down an Azerbaijani plane/aircraft

Miscellaneous / Re: Pag-IBIG Fund
« on: September 23, 2020, 08:13:04 PM »
Sadly such matters would have been out of my department, even if I was still with the Fund. Though I might still have some contacts.

My experience was mostly with the corporate secretary and the board of trustees. Though in my experience matters such as these would have probably already garnered the attention of senior management and options probably already being deliberated upon to be presented to the Board for them to decide upon.

I'd have to get back to you if I can pull some strings and find out if I can get any publicly-sharable information.

General Discussion / Re: PAF Command & Control/VVIP Aircraft acquisition
« on: September 22, 2020, 10:49:18 PM »
Air Force receives brand new Command and Control Aircraft

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay together with the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Commanding General, Philippine Air Force Lieutenant General Allen Paredes led the turn-over and blessing ceremony of the G280 Command and Control Aircraft at Clark Airbase, Pampanga on September 21, 2020.

The Gulfstream G280 will be primarily used by the Philippine Air Force to serve as a platform to transport senior leaders and commanders especially in the event of a crisis. It will also serve as an airborne post for command and control (C2) operations both by the military and the civilian government.

Aside from C2 operations, the aircraft can also be used for airborne warning system, medical evacuation, high-altitude atmospheric research, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The new C2 aircraft was acquired under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program and purchased from the Gulfstream Aerospace through the Foreign Military Sales Program of the United States government with the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group.

A decent frontal view of the camera for the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS).

I quite like the new livery compared to the ones on the old VIP planes.

The G280 has better range and shorter runway requirements than the old F28, so it'll be much more capable of shuttling between domestic destinations.

With this and the C-295s I suppose the PAF can finally retire the old Fokker F27s/28.

Though I do wonder if those will stick around for a while just in case they're needed. As I understand it, the F-28 was kept in pretty good condition over the years.

Miscellaneous / Re: Pag-IBIG Fund
« on: September 19, 2020, 09:25:31 PM »
Funny, you should make a thread on the Home Development Mutual Fund.

Speaking as a former employee. ;)

I actually have a helpful presentation that I made for one of my graduate classes.

I took out some of the out of date information since the file is a couple years old now, but most of the pertinent information is there.

Feel free to copy+paste the relevant slides for the thread.

I heard that the deal involves some other side benefits that the Japanese are offering for the PAF, which tipped the scales to go for the Mitsubishi radars.

Any word what this supposedly involves?

Equipment and Gear / Re: Manpack Loudspeaker Version IV (MLX4)
« on: August 01, 2020, 06:47:40 AM »
So I was watching a video compilation of footage from the 1989 kudeta and came across something that caught my attention (timestamp 6:05):

A loudspeaker system mounted on an A.L.I.C.E.-style frame. Probably a predecessor to the Manpack Loudspeaker.

There was another pack in the video with some other unidentified equipment as well. Likely a similar man pack speaker.

General Discussion / Re: Multi-Purpose Assault Craft Mk.IV
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:49:43 AM »
PH Navy to have 3 more missile-armed MPACs by Q1 2021
By Priam Nepomuceno July 22, 2020, 11:29 am

MANILA –The Philippine Navy (PN) will integrate the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system on three more multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) by the first quarter of 2021.

"The Spike-ER (missile system) will be integrated by the first quarter of 2021," Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Tuesday night when asked for updates on the modernization project.

Roxas also confirmed that the delivery of the weapon systems is scheduled for the last quarter of this year.

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