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MANILA – If given an opportunity or chance, Philippine Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Artemio Abu, is keen to have 15 more 97-meter long multi-role response vessels (MRRVs) like the newly-commissioned BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701) to fully cover the country's maritime territories.

This comment makes it 2 + 7 just like the 2020 PCG Acquisition Plan. It maybe possible that the Maritime Disaster Response Helicopter Acquisition Project (seven units) is still alive.

PCG Commandant Ursabia:

“We are pursuing procurement of seven more, hopefully this time so that we can deploy more helicopters nationwide. But it is still in the pipeline and still with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). We are hoping and praying that the procurement will be approved accordingly,” Ursabia told Daily Tribune.

Some scenarios:
a. seven H145 + two H215/H225
b. five H145 + two AW139 + two H215/H225
c. nine H145 (to sharpen TTPs first with the air crew and maintenance crew, before taking in other types)

Interesting to know where 1451 is. It is the one with FLIR and weather radar.

These large MRRVs do have helicopter hangars.

As a minimum, design load of helideck platform and hangar should be able to accommodate the maximum-take-off weight of the heavier helicopter listed below with a margin for heavy landing conditions/ factor of safety:

1) AIRBUS EC145 T2
4) BELL 412EP

Mitsubishi ShipBuilding was issued a NOA last January 17, 2020 for the construction of two 94 meter MRRVs. Hopefully, no more issues so that the NTP can be issued right away.

General Discussion / Re: Uparming the Parola class MRRVs
« on: October 18, 2019, 04:45:56 PM »
In the 2018 PCG budget, they had an allotment for six 50 Cal. RCWS, but an image from PCG looks like they were "additions" to the RCWS buy.

If there is an ambiguity in the tech specs, almost every time, they say, just implement what’s in the latest Kunigami class variant.

Regarding the helicopter support equipment, the reference is the Gabriela Silang.

Admins, this thread can now be renamed as such

General Discussion / Re: PNP Rotary Aircraft
« on: September 20, 2019, 05:50:15 PM »
PNP helicopters awarded since 2017:

1 unit awarded 2017 June 28 -  (PNP-17-12G) - Twin Engine
2 units awarded 2017 December 19 - (PNP-17-44G) - Single Engine
2 units awarded 2018 July 9 -  (PNP-18-13G) - Single Engine
2 units awarded 2019 January 24 -  (PNP-18-73G) - Training Single Engine
3 units awarded 2019 May 16 -  (PNP-18-37G) - Single Engine

So far, 10 helicopters bought by the PNP as of September 2019.

That is seven H125s, one Bell429, and two new R44 for training.

Besides the 40 units of 11.5 meter High Speed Response Boat project, the DOTr has a pending unfunded 16.61 billion ODA-planned (4.29 billion local counterpart fund?) project for 20 units of 27.3m Fast Patrol Crafts.

Second H145, without the FLIR.

Last publicly available update for the proposed second 84m OPV was September 2018. "As of date, DOTr has yet to submit the ICC requisite documents for the acquisition of additional one 82-meter OPV. "

The cost was increased to PHP 5.91374 billion (USD 109.01 million) from 4.12226 billion. *Exchange Rate: 1 USD = PhP 54.25 Source: BSP Rate as of September 28, 2018.

Latest information from the DOTr is that the first and second vessel is for delivery around March 2022 and June 2022, respectively, if there are no more delays. Bidding for construction is on-going.

Latest information from the DOTr is the second vessel is for delivery around June 2022 if there are no more delays.

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