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Thread Indices / Philippine Military Aviation
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Aircraft of the AFP


Aircraft  Service  Description  Threads
Combat, Fixed-wing           
KAI T-50 / FA-50

  Acquired to satisfy the Surface Attack Aircraft / Lead-In Fighter Trainer
(SAA/LIFT) requirement.
  Surface Attack Aicraft / Lead-In Fighter Trainer Acquisition Project
What is the FA-50 really for?
A primer on FA-50 systems
Are the PAF's FA-50PHs overpriced?
A2A refueling options for the FA-50
multi-platform OBOGS issues and the FA-50PH
No additional FA-50PHs orders for now -- DND
KAI T-50 Family news & upgrades
Golden Eagle @ USAF T-X
Indonesian KAI T-50i Trainer Jets
Details of Botswana FA-50 bid emerge
Combat, Rotary-wing           
Utility, Rotary-wing           
Training, Fixed-wing           
Training, Rotary-wing           



C/o the Francis Neri albums

MiG-29 start-up to shut down
Polish Air Force
Kleine Brogel Air Base

Filipino Potential / Japan plans to provide 42.48-B yen loan to PH
« on: June 23, 2018, 11:25:36 PM »
Japan plans to provide 42.48-B yen loan to PH
By Leslie Gatpolintan  June 22, 2018, 6:55 pm

MANILA -- Japan plans to provide official development assistance (ODA) loans of up to 42.48 billion yen (about PHP20.6 billion) for two infrastructure projects, including upgrading the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 railway in Manila, as it strongly supports the sustainable economic development of the Philippines.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed his country’s intention to extend ODA loan financing, subject to the necessary Japanese and Philippine governments’ approval processes for the projects, during the Japan-Philippines Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held Wednesday in Tokyo.

Kono bared planned total loan provision of up to 38.101 billion Japanese yen for the MRT Line 3 Rehabilitation Project, and provision of up to 4.376 billion yen for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project, to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

“Based on this pledge, the Government of Japan and the Government of the Philippines are scheduled to sign exchange of notes concerning the yen loans in the future,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan said in a statement.

In response to a request from the Philippine government, Japan will provide the funds necessary to rehabilitate the MRT Line-3, the 17-kilometer train running the stretch of EDSA with a total of 13 stations.

Japan will utilize its technology to upgrade the line to quality infrastructure, thereby improving the safety and comfort of the railway.

“It is expected that due to the rehabilitation of the MRT 3 Line, approximately twice as many trains as currently will run appropriately by 2022 (two years after the completion of the project), greatly improving their transport volume, alleviating the serious traffic congestion in Metro Manila, and contributing to the alleviation of air pollution and climate change,” it said.

Likewise, Japan offered additional funds for construction of a new airport in Bohol province in a bid to handle the increasing passenger numbers.

“It is expected that due to the construction of the new Bohol airport, the province will be able to handle nearly three times as many aircraft arrivals and departures as before, improving the convenience and safety of air transportation, and contributing to the revitalization and sustainable growth of the region,” added the MOFA of Japan.

During the fifth meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation also held Wednesday in Tokyo, participants from two countries discussed approaches to cooperating in order to resolve the major challenges the Philippines is addressing.

These include also the rehabilitation of the MRT-3 Line, the Metro Manila subway project, and other infrastructure development projects, as well as assistance to development in Mindanao based on progress of the peace process.

Infrastructure development in Metro Manila and the regions is among the major fields of cooperation identified under Japan-Philippines joint statement on bilateral cooperation for the next five years.

In the joint statement issued during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Japan last October, the Japanese government would strongly support the sustainable economic development of the Philippines by extending quality infrastructure assistance, utilizing its funding and technology to the maximum extent, for developments under “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

Other fields of cooperation between the two countries include energy, creation of employment and improvement of living standards, Mindanao, public safety, information and communications, environment, agriculture, and disaster risk reduction. (PNA)

Politics and Government / A nationalist agenda
« on: June 23, 2018, 11:03:23 PM »

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Building a nation?

Duterte speaks the truth about U.S. colonialism, but not the whole truth. He speaks truly about U.S. colonialism and “the Philippines,” but he is not openly truthful about “the Philippines,” ignoring or glossing over important class, geographic and ethno-linguistic cleavages that lie beneath its politics of patrimonial elitism.

One reason for the latter is, as we have seen, that he and his family are from that class itself. But this cannot be all there is to it, for his predecessors (even his immediate predecessor President Benigno Aquino III, who himself attempted, as Duterte is now, to negotiate a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front) steered very clear of any overt criticism of the United States’ historical and continuing role in shaping Philippine politics. It is not only the elite: nowhere in the world does the United States enjoy as high popular support as in the Philippines.

Why has he broken with this convention?

The fundamental reason would seem to be the conviction that the Philippine state cannot purge itself of systematic traditions of patrimonial corruption unless it does so from the foundations of a perceived and universally shared Philippine national identity. And such a shared identity, in a land of many identities, demands a single, us-versus-them, narrative foundation of the kind his simplified history of U.S. colonialism implies.

In this context his drawing of outraged Philippine attention to the U.S. massacre of the Moro people at the battle of Bud Dajo is a key move. First, in acknowledging grievances (though only by generalizing them as not only Moro, but Filipino), and second, through this generalizing, in reframing the official national mythology. For the Moro people, it is a rare public recognition of historical grievances by a Philippine president. For the leftist movement, it is an acknowledgement of their historical narrative: that the plight of the Filipino poor is due to the domination of a neo-colonial comprador bourgeoisie beholden to and kept in power by American interests.

“Nation-building” is so common a trope in public parlance in the Philippines that it is almost meaningless. It has also proved elusive, not the least because of the difficulty of weaving a common narrative in such a diverse political community riven with so many fault lines of language, culture, ethnicity, geography, and class. But it is, we suggest, entirely plausible that this is what Duterte’s actions amount to, even if it is impossible to be sure with what clarity, if any, he understands that this is what they do.

Consider too that Philippine political scientists often talk about mayors as a special breed of politician: down-to-earth, aware of limitations, and pragmatic. With over two successful decades in municipal politics, these are the traits Duterte’s behavior manifests. Drugs are a problem in the Philippines. What is the most direct way of dealing with it? Kill drug pushers and users. Is it feasible? Yes. Let us do it. China is encroaching on Philippine maritime territory. Is it possible to repel China? No. Let us deal with China, then. The insurgencies are a fundamental challenge to the state and a major loss of treasure and life. Can they be defeated? No. Let us negotiate peace with them. All these are part of what add up to an effective nation-building project, perhaps not planned, but playing out so. The insurgencies are the capstone of this. President Aquino had tried to stir up nationalism against China and not without success, but it was not an issue the Moro people or the rural poor were interested in getting behind. He succeeded in signing a peace agreement with the MILF but that was sabotaged in the legislature, by among others, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Bongbong Marcos, Duterte’s running mate and ally.

His obsession with drugs and more broadly (petty) criminality might be based on personal conviction but it struck a chord. He was able to thematize it and create a platform that apparently all socioeconomic classes can share. By changing the national narrative as he appears to be doing, he might be able to bring those two other key segments, which have never really fit in: the Muslims of Mindanao and the revolutionary left.

However, much that great scholar of Southeast Asian nationalism, Benedict Anderson, would have disapproved of his penchant for brutal methods, it may be that Duterte sees himself (if only through a glass dimly) as, in his strongman way, constructing “an imagined political community,” a Philippine nationalism “imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign.”

Certainly this would explain his difference-denying account of Philippine political history, and his determination to set that story against the colonial sovereign authority of the United States, just as it fits with his us (good filipinos) versus them (drug dealers) narrative, and his assertion of Philippine autonomy in foreign affairs.

Whether this is a good way to build a nation is another question.

China Topics / Yuanwang 3 - Space event support ship (AGM)
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:06:10 PM »
From Combat Fleets of the World, 15th Edition

Yuanwang means "Look Long". First two, initially observed during 5-80 Chinese ICBM tests in the central Pacific, were refitted in 1986-87 and again in 1991-92. Have been subordinated to China's satellite launch and tracking control department and are officially known as "Space Event Ships".


Questions raised on Chinese ship's stay in Davao City
August 14, 2010 - 12:00am

DAVAO CITY, Philipines  – Local officials have raised questions on the stay at the Sasa Wharf here for 10 days of M/V Yuanwang III, a Chinese national scientific tracking and survey ship.

Officials of various agencies here are equally unaware of details on the arrival of what locals have tagged as the “Chinese spy ship.”

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The Coast Guard official said there could deception on the part of those behind the ship since they failed to submit the ship’s description to the offices concerned.

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Army Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the Armed Forces’ Eastern Mindanao Command, said the ship was given clearance to dock until Aug. 15 reportedly for it to replenish its supplies.


China Topics / Chinese nuclear aircraft carrier
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:37:17 AM »
China’s plans to build nuclear carrier are still a long shot
Reports that Beijing wants a carrier in service by 2025 can be discounted
By ASIA TIMES STAFF JUNE 1, 2018 5:26 PM (UTC+8)

Reports that China is conducting trials on a new type of miniaturized reactor have filled speculation that the country’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier could be in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy as early as 2025.

But the reality is that the carrier program won’t be plain sailing. It usually takes more than 10 years to start sea trials from the time a keel is laid, and it is not certain China has yet reached the design stage.

The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) dropped the first official hint that Beijing would try to build its own nuclear carrier in an article on its website in February. CSIC promised to “expedite its endeavour for breakthroughs” in building carriers, as well as an armada of next-generation nuclear submarines.

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Chang said the carrier could be of a similar size to China’s planned second homemade carrier — with 70,000 tons of displacement — which is scheduled to be built at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard by the end of the year.

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China Topics / Chinese shipbuilder sold Chinese carrier intel to CIA
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:36:06 AM »
Disgraced manager at shipbuilding juggernaut allegedly ‘sold Chinese carrier intel to CIA’
By FRANK CHEN JUNE 21, 2018 4:43 PM (UTC+8) 278 1

A disgraced senior executive of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is said to have fed US spies highly classified information, including the design and specifications of the Liaoning aircraft carrier that underwent years of refurbishment at CSIC’s Dalian Shipyard.

CSIC general manager Sun Bo, the second-highest-ranking executive at the shipbuilding juggernaut, has run afoul of graft and crime busters at the National Supervision Commission and the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and is under investigation for “gross violation of laws and party discipline,” according to a one-line notice posted last week on the two commissions’ joint website that is devoid of any further details.

Sun’s last public appearance was on June 11 during an inspection trip to a CSIC logistics subsidiary.

Sina Military and Hong Kong-based Apple Daily noted that Sun could have divulged some drawings and other information of the Soviet-built Liaoning, as well as its retrofitting work during the 2000s, to US Central Intelligence Agency operatives.

The allegation has also raised questions on whether the confidentiality undertaking regarding technical details of China’s first domestically built carrier, which is modeled heavily on the Liaoning‘s design including a similar jump-rack deck, could have also been compromised.

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Miscellaneous / The Kobayahi Maru scenario
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:18:07 PM »
Wrath of Khan version


JJ Abrams' Star Trek

Iligan City to bring back National Steel Corporation
June 18, 2018  April Al Ian T. Jacob

ILIGAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) - Using the cebuano word ‘gabanag-banag’ which can be roughly translated to ‘comes forth as the morning rising,' Acting City Mayor, Vice-Mayor (Msgr.) Jemar L. Vera Cruz zealously announced in his message during the 68th Adlaw sa Iligan on June 16 the ‘almost’ and ‘very near’ opening of the National Steel Corporation (NSC).

He said this highlighting the enormous contributions of Mayor Celso G. Regencia who is now on his three month suspension, and the members of the 16th council of Sangguniang Panlungsod.

"We are moving heaven and earth to open again the National Steel Corporation," Vera Cruz said.

 He further encouraged the technical working group for the NSC to focus on the interest of the people.

Vera Cruz, before sharing the updates and good news on bringing back NSC, also shared several points on the politics of Iligan City for 68 years.

“We need to unite, we can go nowhere if we are not united,” he said this saying that Iliganons should be united in mind, heart and its steps toward a better Iligan.

He asked everyone who are in power to set aside personal interests and pride in the name of public service.

 As he concluded his message, he asked everyone “to be with us, dream with us, and work with us to achieve its dreams for the City of Iligan.” (AAIJ/PIA Iligan)


Reservist Affairs / Army eyes Cafgu camp in Sagada
« on: June 20, 2018, 02:36:40 PM »
Army eyes Cafgu camp in Sagada
8 hours ago

REELING from the violence of rebel groups, the army is asking for the setup of a Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) station in Sagada town.

General Leopoldo Imbaga of the 503rd Infantry Brigade is recommending the formation and installation of Cafgu in the town dubbed as a peace zone to deter any attacks by rebel groups.

Imbaga during the RPOC meeting in Ifugao said the declaration of a peace zone in the area has long been violated owing 162 attacks since 2010.

A resolution from the RPOC condemning the recent attack in Sagada is also in order in a bid to secure peacekeeping efforts of government forces in the town.

On June 5, a police officer was killed while nine others were hurt during a shootout when personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 and Mountain Province Provincial Mobile Force Company, who were conducting peacekeeping operations, encountered an undetermined number of armed rebels at Mt. Sipitan, Barangay Aguid.

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Reservist Affairs / 84 paramilitary men complete training
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:30:37 PM »
84 paramilitary men complete training
6 hours ago

A TOTAL of 84 Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) Active Auxiliary II graduated Monday, June 18, after completing their Basic Military Training conducted by the Task Force Davao (TFD).

TFD commander Colonel Noloasco Mempin, in an interview Monday, said the 84 newly-graduated Cafgu successfully finished the 45-day training inside their headquarters in Sta. Ana Pier, Davao City.

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He said 54 of the graduates replaced former Cafgus who were terminated or were enlisted in the regular force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines while the remaining 30 were part of their request from the city government of Davao last year due to lack of personnel.

Two companies of CAA II under TFD were filled up. The Department of National Defense had already approved the three companies for Davao City alone.

These personnel will be deployed in different detachments of Task Force Davao in Lasang, Calinan, and Toril, Davao City.

US approves equipment and weapons for Indian Apache procurement
Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
13 June 2018
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The State Department’s approval of the USD930 million sale for items in support of six additional Apache helicopters was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 June.

The six Apaches for the Indian Army are in addition to 22 such helicopters ordered in 2015 for the country’s air force. While the helicopters are being procured through a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS), the approved items are being sourced via a Foreign Military Sale (FMS).

As noted by the DSCA, the items comprise 14 T700-GE-701D engines; four AN/APG-78 fire control radars; four radar electronic units (REU) Block III; four AN/APR-48B modernised radar frequency interferometers (M-RFI’s); seven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors (MTADS-PNVS); 14 embedded GPS inertial navigation systems (EGI); transponders; simulators; communication equipment; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment; and other support equipment.

Approved weapons comprise 30 mm cannons and ammunition; 180 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles; 90 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles; 200 Stinger Block I-92H missiles; rockets; as well as training and dummy missiles.

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Filipino Potential / BDO partners with Japan's Bank of Fukuoka
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:17:55 AM »
BDO partners with Japan's Bank of Fukuoka
Posted at Jun 18 2018 02:24 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2018 02:39 PM

MANILA - BDO Unibank on Monday said it was chosen by Japan's Bank of Fukuoka Ltd as its partner-bank in the Philippines.

The Philippines' largest lender said it would serve the needs of Bank of Fukuoka clients who want to do business in the country.

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Palace prefers PH as venue of peace talks with Reds
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jun 18 2018 02:38 PM

MANILA - Malacańang on Monday said it prefers for the peace talks to be held in the Philippines than be held in a neutral country, even as Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison warned this could result in the end of the negotiations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said a third-party negotiator may no longer be needed as President Rodrigo Duterte “does not understand” why there is a need for the peace talks to be held in another country.

Norway has been acting as the current third-party negotiator in the on-and-off peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the political arm of the CPP.

“Let’s just say as far as the President is concerned, venue matters. He does not understand why we should continue talking in Norway. Pare-pareho naman tayong Pilipino. Bakit kailangan lumayo pa?” Roque said in a press briefing.

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