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He must mean some other outfit. Long Mountain Outfitters, which did provide some foreign government and agency training, went belly up somewhere in 2014-2015. Dan and Deb Shea, the owners, restarted their business as "Gun Mountain" but don't appear to have a compelling interest in sales and service of "Destructive Weapons and AOW" of which RPGs would qualify as.

Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Joao Coutinho class
« on: May 10, 2017, 09:44:32 PM »
noted sir,

Maxdefense stated that PN is interested with this OPVs.. and the proof is that the visit by some PVI from PN to Portugal..

thus, i asked the said question if the blog of Maxdefense is accurate with regard to this OPVs. i just based my info on open sources compared to info's that this forum have with regard to this OPV's..

Yes, Max was one of the sources to disclose that a PN Joint Visual Inspection (JVI) team was dispatched to look over the material condition of the vessels.

General Discussion / Re: PN should look back at the basics
« on: May 04, 2017, 09:36:11 PM »
The Interoperability of assets aside, the division, operation and deployment of said assets by mission is what the real challenge is. If PCG is expected to deliver both SOLAS and 1st line detection/identification by virtue of being out there longer and more often than Navy assets, then they are woefully underequipped. From a COIN/LEO perspective, they'll get along just fine for now, but without additional enhancements to sensor and weapons fits, then all they can do is serve as a trip-wire function in higher intensity OOTW. Which brings us back to the classic white-gray dilemma. When to use one versus the other? It's the intermixed threat environment - especially in the WPS - militarized outposts fronted by Maritime Militia, then the Philippines is simply playing to the strengths of the nominal opponent. The lack of assets of either paint scheme is already a show-stopper to Presence Operations. So the answer might be to just start operating any asset as both SOLAS and Defense. IOW, don't distinguish. Teach the Navy to conduct LEO operations. Beef up the CG to have a more realistic defense capability beyond trip-wire. Have both forces train together more - so operating conditions, doctrine and TTP are exchanged, understood and practiced. The Philippines can't afford to build out even a tenth of the Fleet neccessary to confront symmetrically, so the only option is to stop looking at them as purely Navy or purely CG. They are Maritime Assets, period. Equip them as best possible and preferably identically, so that when another crisis point emerges, you don't care who is the closest, you just need a better and more effective response.

General Discussion / Re: PN should look back at the basics
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:04:57 AM »
USCG is green water? CG tends to be in deep waters and harder WX than most Navy TFs. Not to mention there are overseas and regional deployments of CG for Force Protection, Narcotics Interdiction, International SOLAS. If you look at the top-tier cutter designs, those are absolutely deep blue water capable, and they go there, a lot.

ROKS Chungju Flight III ASW is offered in place of ROKS Mokpo.

After conducting of the Joint Visual Inspection by the Philippine Navy, spearheaded by the Offshore Patrol Force's commanding officer himself, the Philippine Navy decided to finally accept the offer made by the South Korean government to transfer the Pohang-class Flight III anti-submarine corvette. It appears that only 1 ship was offered by the South Korean government, while the other decommissioned Flight III ships will be going to 2 other countries, among them is neighbouring Vietnam.

The ship is expected to be assigned with the Offshore Combat Force (OCF) of the Philippine Fleet.

The ship, reported to be the former ROKS Chungju (PCC-762), was built by Korea Tacoma Shipyard, was commissioned with the Republic of Korea Navy in 1987, and was decommissioned in December 2016. Based on this, the ship is around 30 years old, or at least 20 years younger than the Hamilton-class cutters acquired by the Philippine Navy from the US Coast Guard.

It is considered a Flight III sub-class of the Pohang-class combat corvette, which is configured for anti-submarine warfare. It is equipped with two Oto Melara 76mm Compact naval guns, two Breda twin 40mm/70 naval guns, two Mk. 32 triple torpedo tubes, and two Mk.9 depth charge racks. It was previously fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers, and while they are not included in the transfer, the ship won't need too much adjustments for launchers to be re-installed again.

The ship's sensors suite include Raytheon AN/SPS-64 radar, Signaal WM-28 Fire Control system, and a Raytheon AN/SQS-58 hull mounted sonar.

Well, the FX decline hasn't helped any of these projects (FAP, CAS, LRPA, etc). The government might want to think of taking the extreme of buying and reserving USD currency in advance to protect project ABCs from currency volatility. Some projects are getting off the rails partly because the effective ABC is less than at bid winning.

General Discussion / Re: FBO invite from 2011
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:46:51 PM »
This is the bulk of the much pared-down H2 request for the PN. PN still mulling whether they pursue new-build OPVs in conjunction with EDA (later Flight 2 Pohangs vs. Portuguese Coutinhos) which gets them hulls sooner to replace the WW2 ships, or whether they'll roll the dice entirely on a bulk contract of the OPVs. Other than that, no new developments.

Why not capitalize on emerging commonality between the services and get some AW-109s. If all they're looking for is a light to medium twin that can easily be marinized, that already checks the boxes. The various branches and agencies can then pool into a larger collection of spares.

I just saw the cabin specifications. Sigh. Looks like they want to airlift a medical team.

Are we now seeing 6 FA50s as the direct replacement for the 6 CAS aircraft?

Seems that way. But what is the status of the KAI T-50 production line after they fulfill the RTAF order? I don't know of any customers beyond that. I believe the RoKAF order is complete, and since they're able to show that they can punch out FA-50s on more than two a quarter pace, that's not a lot of time to negotiate more.

General Discussion / Re: Benham Rise
« on: March 25, 2017, 01:31:28 AM »
Capacity. Especially when they have to take one of the GDPs off the line to install the Sea Giraffes.

I wonder if they're operating with Tarlac. Esp. the armed ones.

AFP Modernization & Defense Acquisitions / Re: Countdown to the TC-90s
« on: March 25, 2017, 01:16:41 AM »
Unknown, but only the UC-90 (and there is only one in the JMSDF King Air fleet) was equipped with photoreconnaisance equipment. I posted a photo of it's belly on the Facebook page - there's a window on the underside just forward of the rear loading stairs.

So with the miniaturization of photo equipment today, you could put a lot of things there as long as the window and perspective support the camera's use.

Is the plan to equip all of them, including the TC models with some form of EO? I guess that's another option, but it would mean external payloads or making mods to the plane to accommodate say a SAFIRE FLIR turret for example. Hopefully the Lease Terms will allow that.

The Iraqi order was the bottleneck, but that finally cleared with last deliveries earlier this month.There may also be an incentive tied to the Thai order to deliver early, but that's just a guess.

The line then goes idle. Idle lines don't stay open very long. No new clients have been announced. If the PAF wants 24-36 more, they need to start negotiations real soon. Since it took a G2G to deliver this 12, one wonders what kind of mid-level miracle will it take to get to a 24 plane order timely?

General Discussion / Re: Benham Rise
« on: March 10, 2017, 09:17:37 PM »
Camilo Osias NB was originally part of early considerations as an EDCA recipient base. DND should push through the improvements anyway. That's a good place for a small detachment of King Airs, putting up visual patrols over the Rise and the Straits.

Coast Watch in this case is all pointed the wrong way. Need more Littoral Monitoring stations to fill in thr mostly blank East part of the Fusion Picture.

Thanks. As I mentioned previously, sanctions can and will occur at a agency level. It remains to be seen what the Trump Administration's thresholds will be like. Despite the initial media reports following Oplan Tokhang, the US didn't cancel the SIG-Sauer sale. But we have a new Administration on the ground.

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