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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407)
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:41:19 PM »
Philippine Coast Guard's BRP Sindangan (MRRV 4407) Sea Trials off Yokohama, Japan.

Courtesy of AGC Video Japan.

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406)
« on: June 28, 2017, 06:36:29 AM »
BRP Suluan

Photo by Wota Aki of  I can be wrong but it looks like there is no 4405 in the Parola class kaya 4406 agad from 4404 (BRP Capones). Seems that they don't like anything that sums up to 13 or the number itself.

General Discussion / PNP Rotary Aircraft
« on: April 07, 2017, 01:47:59 AM »
The 2017 PNP Capital Outlay has an entry for "Acquisition of Brand New Rotary Twin Engine Turbine Aircraft" with a budget of PHP 545,000,000.

24 Oct, 2012, Source: Police Aviation News
One of the highlight presentations of the Tangent Link POLICE AVIATION event held in the Prince Hotel & Residence in central Kuala Lumpur this week was that given by Police Senior Superintendent Joselito F Salido of the Philippine National Police [PNP].
The PNP is seeking six twin engine light utility helicopters with a minimum of 10 seats, nine single engine 7-8 seat helicopters, a fixed wing transport type with a 40 seat capacity and flight simulators to enhance the flying skills of the pilots.
Although not indicative of the final selection it is known that the PNP has already considered the Bell 412 and Eurocopter EC145 but remains open minded on the final selection of the initial type purchase.

25 Nov, 2015 Source:
The PNP also needs a bigger helicopter model called the Eurocopter for its operations, but Drilon said this would have to be funded in the 2017 national budget.

Wondering if this is true, or if still true?

General Discussion / PH Supplementary Budget
« on: January 31, 2017, 05:58:54 AM »
There's talk of a supplementary budget separate from the main 2018 Budget, looks like there is something related to this at the 28:45 mark of this ANC video interview...

Quote (Published on 5 Jan 2017)

K. Davila: You are eyeing a PHP 200 billion supplementary budget for a National Broadband Network.

Sec. Diokno: Alam mo, we might submit a supplementary budget kasi MARAMING hindi nagastos si... yung past administration. And so we have funding for very important projects. Sabi ko ang kundisyon diyan, this are for completion of existing projects (existing naman ang Revised AFP Mod. Prog. hehehe) para wala ng problema sa Right-of-Way mga ganoon.

P200-B excess cash (January 5, 2017)

State coffers are holding excess cash of at least P200 billion, thanks to former president Benigno Aquino III, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said yesterday.

Diokno said the government has a cash surplus because of prudent spending by the previous administration. He said President Duterte would seek authority from Congress to spend the extra cash in the form of a supplemental budget. Diokno added that the additional budget proposal would soon be submitted to the House of Representatives, where money-related and tax measures originate.

He pointed out that he would like the excess money spent “for the completion of existing projects like seaports and airports.” For instance, he said the Bicol International Airport is in need of additional funds. Diokno admitted that part of the extra cash would be used to build a broadband network for the national government and its agencies.

Also related:
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:12 AM August 24, 2016

The Aquino administration failed to spend a total of P1 trillion in appropriations, resulting in “huge” lost economic opportunities to improve infrastructure and create jobs, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said.

As for the Duterte administration, Diokno told the House appropriations committee last Monday that there would be no underspending in the next six years.
In a text message, Diokno said that the P1 trillion in funds left unspent by the previous administration reflected lost opportunities that were “huge in terms of jobs lost and economic opportunities if the infrastructure projects were started and completed.”

General Discussion / PH 2018 Budget
« on: January 31, 2017, 05:45:43 AM »
We can rename this into "DND 2018 Budget" if there are more specific information that comes up.

What is clear recently is that the PH Govt has started the 2018 Budget Call with a 3.84 trillion ceiling, PHP 490 billion higher than 2017's budget of 3.35 trillion.

Hopefully, this 2017's PHP 25 billion Revised AFP Modernization Program budget will be doubled at least.

General Discussion / Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022
« on: January 10, 2017, 06:48:07 PM »
Even if NEDA is in an obvious hurry (for whatever reason), let's help create constructive comments to help shape the DEVELOPMENT PLAN up to 2022.

Just like voting, whatever the results, let's do our duty as Filipino citizens.
"The public is now given another opportunity to comment and provide inputs to the draft PDP through this webpage. Due to the short period given to complete the Plan, inputs submitted after 12 noon of January 12, 2017 will no longer be accepted."

AFP Modernization & Defense Acquisitions / PCG Bases
« on: January 09, 2017, 10:46:20 PM »
From the Coastal Surveillance 2013 conference the PCG participated in, a screenshot of the "PCG - Development in Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance" document they presented showed the PCG Support Bases they plan to establish.

The "Roxas City, Capiz" below looks like the same as the Western Visayas PCG Search and Rescue Base project. On the other hand, "Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental" is the Northern Mindanao PCG SAR Base Devt Project.

Odiongan, Romblon
Roxas City, Capiz
Mactan, Cebu
Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental
Ulugan Bay, Palawan

AFP Modernization & Defense Acquisitions / PAF Basa Air Base Projects
« on: November 24, 2016, 03:35:58 AM »
The "boring" but essential stuff  ;)

1. Improvement of Aerodrome Facilities at Basa Air Base (Lot 1) - PHP 11,120,000
   a. Improvement of Aircraft Parking Apron+Construction of Two (2) Unit Runway Control Facility
        b. Construction of Two (2) Unit Runway Control Facility

2. Improvement of Aerodrome Facilities at Basa Air Base (Lot 2) - PHP 24,060,000
        a. Painting of Runway Markers and Scraping and Clearing Sides of Runway
        b. Scraping of Taxiway Sides, Painting of Taxiway Markers, Asphalting of Connecting Taxiway “C” and Construction of Open Canal and Box Culvert

3. Improvement of Aerodrome Facilities at Basa Air Base (Lot 3) - PHP 29,350,000
        a. Improvement of ADAC Building and Two (2) Bay Hangar
   b. Improvement of ADAC Ramp

4. Improvement of Operational Facilities at Basa Air Base (Lot 1) - PHP 29,140,000
        a. Renovation of 431st FMS Hangar
        b. Improvement of Fire Crash Building

5. Improvement of Operational Facilities at Basa Air Base (Lot 2) - PHP 9,450,000
        a. Improvement of 431st FMS Building
        b. Improvement of AGE Building

6. Perimeter Fencing and Lighting at Basa Air Base - PHP 29,630,000.00
        a. Fencing of Base Perimeter
        b. Installation of Base Perimeter Lighting

7. Materials and Services for the Asphalting and Concreting of Main Runway - PHP 174,438,532.72
8. Materials and Services for the Installation of Runway Lights at Basa Air Base - PHP 97,680,000.00

9. Materials and Services for the Improvement of Taxiway at Basa Air Base (3,780m x 15.0m) - PHP 55,335,007.99

AFP Modernization & Defense Acquisitions / PAF FA-50PH Hangarage Project
« on: November 24, 2016, 03:16:22 AM »
Approved Budget for the Contract:    PHP 80,490,000.00
Closing Date / Time:  05-Dec-2016

What are the official PCG vessel size requirements (from publicly available documents)?

This is from as presented by the PCG during the Annual OPV Asia Pacific

"Three Circular of Requirements of the PCG:"

* 15-25 meter vessel
* 35-45 meter vessel
* 80-125 meter vessel (OPV)

From available public documents, the closest acquisition plan / wishlist of the PCG that's similar to the PN's Desired Force Mix comes from the Philippine APEC Counter-Terrorism Action Plan Philippine APEC Counter-Terrorism Action Plan.

"Need to acquire the following surface assets: two (2) 100-meter high endurance vessels, 13 30-56 meter multi-role response vessels, four (4) buoy tenders and 20 fast assault/interdiction crafts." - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) document, July 2011

Philippine Navy Signs Contract for Three AW109 Power Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with the Philippine Navy for three AW109 Power maritime helicopters plus two options. The helicopters will be used for a wide range of naval missions including economic zone protection, surface surveillance, SAR and maritime security.
The aircraft will be delivered in 2014 and will operate from both shore and ship bases. The contract includes initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.
Vincenzo Alaimo, AgustaWestland’s Head of Regional Sales for SE Asia, said “We are delighted that the Philippine Navy has selected the AW109 Power as part of its armed forces modernisation programme after an extensive evaluation of competing types. The AW109 Power’s multi-role abilities and high performance will provide the Philippine Navy with an enhanced maritime operational capability.”
The AW109 Power is a three-tonne class eight seat helicopter powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW206C engines with FADEC. The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles. The aircraft’s safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines.
The AW109 Power has established itself as the world’s best selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions. The AW109 Power’s superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective maritime helicopter in its class.
For shipboard operations the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures. The ability to operate from small ships in high sea state enables the AW109 Power to perform its mission when many others helicopters would be confined to the ship’s hangar.
Over 550 AW109 Power and AW109 LUH helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries.

AgustaWestland 27/03/2014 15:27

PAF LRPA Basing and Hangarage Construction Project (LRPABAHCP)


For the upcoming five TC-90's, maintenance is a very big concern of the Japanese for good reason hehehe

Seems they'll be hiring JAMCO for the training/maintenance of the TC-90's for the Philippine Navy as I understand the document care of google translate. Paulit ulit talaga yung maintenance training for the PN sa buong document. Some details also of the Japanese missiles.

In 2016 May Philippines Defense Minister telephone conversation the day was done in two days, specifically the cooperation of the following
Make sure that we turned into.

- Ratio of up to five aircraft of the transfer of the MSDF training aircraft TC-90 to the Navy

And education and support training to the TC-90 to the relevant ratio navy personnel

· Ratio navy support according to maintain development field of order to maintain the operation of TC-90 by

Upon receiving the telephone conversation, the Ministry of Defense, in the maintenance area of ​​the TC-90 in the Philippines, in order to investigate whether have canal assistance is necessary, the development of Japan's domestic TC-90 in this year in early July
It dispatched a professional engineer of Jamco Co., Ltd., a company in the Philippines navy and maintenance companies.

Examples of maintenance maintenance support program for the Philippine Navy

○ to provide know-how for the maintenance maintenance of equipment, through capacity building of maintenance maintenance and repair field, of the Asia-Pacific Ocean region, sea safety, aim to contribute to peace and stability thing.

○ from maintenance maintenance and repair department of the Philippine Navy, for support for maintaining the development of equipment, demonstrated needs, consider the corresponding in-proof Mamorusho.

○ In 2016 fiscal year, Japanese companies signed a contract, is responsible for the maintenance maintenance and repair plan of the Philippine Navy civilian engineer
Dispatched to the department, etc., it will provide support for capacity building of the ratio naval maintenance servicing sector, including the field survey.

According to philgeps, 2015's "Procurement of Two (2) Light to Medium Weight Search and Rescue Helicopter" bid status is still "Remarks: For Review". Again, the project amounts to PHP 777,600,000.00.

Looking at the proposed Budget of the PCG for 2017, there is still an entry for "Continuing Appropriations for R.A. 10651 (2015 budget)" for this Budget Year amounting to PHP826,880,000. This means, if the PCG finishes its review and still approves the procurement this year, the funds are still available.

This project comprises of three separate lots. This is from an old Oct/Nov 2013 PAF document online. Amounts for each Lot has been updated since.

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