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Their tracks appear to be overflying Mavulis Island (Philippine air space) as they fly about Taiwan.
It would be interesting to see the view from the PAFs new air defense radars.

As the PAF ramps up it's radar sites, it has become the well informed weakling. Able to see what's happening. Powerless to do anything about it.

Why buying new is not always the most financially prudent thing to do.
Applies to all sorts of things. Fighters, ships, etc.


Should this come to pass, the PN had better get in on the action and acquire at least some of these at what will be bargain prices.

Alternatively, should the pull of new construction be too strong, then it is an opportunity to acquire systems that go into these aircraft that the PN could not otherwise afford and have left out i.e. ECM, ESM, ASW systems and put these on new construction.

General Discussion / Hackers leak Nigerian A-29 program data
« on: December 12, 2020, 05:23:25 AM »

General Discussion / F-16 costs versus
« on: April 28, 2020, 02:40:59 AM »

Some glaring quotes:

"The Polish Air Force simultaneously operates the Soviet twin-engine fighter MiG-29 and the American single-engine F-16. It is assumed that the American fighter flies all 35 years with the same engine that was originally installed on it. Unfortunately, this does not work with the MiG-29: eight engines will have to be replaced in the same period.”

"“But unofficial data gives reason to believe that the Su-30SM ‘eats’ 6 engines during its life cycle (2 of which are already installed and paid for when purchased),”


"Turkish defense company FNSS has signed an agreement to export its amphibious armored combat earthmover (AACE) to the Philippines, the company's general director said."

For the marines or the army?


The success of the strike by Houthis (and Iran) was ridiculously successful and deniable.  Unlike ballistic missiles which have a ballistic arc and can be easily tracked to their launching location, cruise missiles and UAVs can follow circuitous and convoluted tracks that would make attribution difficult.  Plug, they are arguably cheap.

Perhaps the DND should be talking with Iran and Houthis.

Under the guise of bad weather, what would the Philippines do if large numbers of Chinese "fishermen" land in Pagasa?
Large = numbers exceeding the garrison and the current civilian population, effectively overpowering the garrison.  What now?

When you consider that the island is now surrounded by Chinese "fishing" boats, the scenario isn't far fetched. 

General Discussion / "Distributed Lethality" for the Philippine Navy
« on: June 21, 2019, 09:05:52 PM »
In US Navy terms, this is a move to arm every ship (tankers, supply ships, landing ships etc.) with weapons to contribute to the fight. Up to and including SSMs.
The effect of this would be more ships able to undertake a variety of missions and give commanders more lethal options.

Since the Philippines has so few ships to begin with, it should try to emulate this. 

Take the Tarlac class for example.  Despite being primarily a Landing ship, the PH typically sends it out on missions that in other navies would require a frigate.  Why?  Because it does not have enough hulls, much less any ships to send. 

It's time to recognize this and arm it accordingly.  SSMs, self defense SAMs, air search and surface search radars. The whole lot.  In PN practice, these ships are functionally not LSDs or SSVs, they are being used as dare-i-say Frigates.  It's time we recognize this and equip them accordingly, especially in the light of two new LSDs coming up the pipeline.

The PN cannot hope to match larger navies hull for hull.  The political will isn't there even if funding could be found.  But it can make better use of what it has by up-arming all the hulls that it currently has and making the newer hulls more effective. More shooters, to put it tritely, are better.

General Discussion / Lasers in the West Philippine sea
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:46:24 PM »
The Chinese have been using it against Australian and US pilots operating in the area.  Hard to believe they would limit themselves to planes of those countries only.  Are we prepared?

General Discussion / C130 4726 burning at Clark
« on: March 27, 2019, 10:16:08 AM »
The aircraft appears to have an uncontained brake fire on the port side. No fire engines or extinguishers to be seen. Soo stupid. Crew are just walking away.
This is why we can’t have nice things.

It’s hard to watch. To lose a national asset because of a lack of basic equipment is unforgivable. What would be a minor repair results in the write off because there is no fire extinguisher. And the PAF wants fighters?

General Discussion / Pagasa - one worse case scenario
« on: March 05, 2019, 09:52:58 PM »
Chinese occupy a Sandbar just a few hundred meters off of Pagasa.  What would we do?

General Discussion / Marawi, Lessons learned. A Foreign point of view
« on: January 25, 2019, 10:04:27 PM »
From the Cove.  It's a good read and reflects well on the AFP.  It also points the way forward.
Take a read and discuss.

General Discussion / Exercise Cambrian Patrol Results
« on: November 09, 2018, 09:55:15 PM »
Has anyone received or found independent confirmation of the Ex Cambrian Patrol results for 2018?


"From the combat and operational perspectives, when comparing the capabilities of Blackhawks and Mi-17s, among several different factors, three key elements should be considered: speed, maneuver, and lethality. First, Blackhawks are faster than Mi-17s … Second, Blackhawks are lighter and smaller than Mi-17s, and therefore, more maneuverable … Taliban were, in fact, scared of American Blackhawks because they were more maneuverable and acted more aggressively when operating against insurgents. While very few Mi-17 helicopters have been designated gunships, out of 159 Blackhawks 60 would be designated gunships which will bring maneuver, firepower, and enable more and aggressive tactics allowing the AAF to destroy the Taliban elements on the battlefield, limiting their operational and tactical space.

From the maintenance perspective, the US would provide the majority of aircraft parts to the AAF faster from Bagram and Kadahar, as opposed to Mi-17 parts which were not only exceedingly expensive but also required more time and negotiations to be made with the Russian government, an unreliable broker, at best. The result placed Mi-17s in the “…state of steady decline,” situation. For example, according to SIGAR, “Out of unavailable Mi-17s, six of them are in overhaul, four are in heavy repair, and six have expired.” … this plan will provide overhaul inspections to the American aircraft quicker than the past because the Afghan government had to send the Russian aircraft to countries like Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia for overhaul inspections, while Blackhawks can be inspected inside Afghanistan, by American and Afghan trained maintenance personnel."

Hopefully, someone is reading these things in the quest (in the truest sense of that word since the PAF effort to get a new helicopter can be classified as "Arthurian") to get new equipment.  Hopefully the idea of maintainability and operability is rated highly over the political drive to simply buy Russian.

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