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General Discussion / Re: SSM-700K Sea Star @ Philippine Navy
« on: June 21, 2022, 11:51:38 AM »
Will they be participating in SINKEX?

Self-Reliant Defense Posture / Re: Project BUHAWI (PN-DOST-MRSP)
« on: May 25, 2022, 10:18:09 PM »

wow his name is actually warlord? LOL

General Discussion / Re: FB deleting defense-related posts
« on: April 24, 2022, 10:15:52 PM »
perhaps someone reported the post. can you appeal it?

Philippines to proceed with deal to buy Russian helicopters

Odd timing but at least there's news about this deal moving forward?

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government will proceed with a deal to purchase 17 military transport helicopters from Russia that was signed and partially paid for before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the defense chief said Wednesday.

The 12.7 billion-peso ($249 million) contract to acquire Mi-17 helicopters was signed in November and the Philippines made an initial payment in January, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

“We do not see any likelihood of it being scrapped as of this moment,” he said.

Under the agreement, the first batch of the multipurpose helicopters is to be delivered by Russia’s Sovtechnoexport about 24 months after President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term ends in June. Asked if Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will affect the purchase, Lorenzana told reporters, “Only time will tell.”

The helicopters can be used for combat, search and rescue operations and medical evacuations, officials said.


General Discussion / Re: Funding for 2 PH Navy corvettes released
« on: December 15, 2021, 10:46:30 PM »
“They are smaller than the frigates (Rizal-class) but they will also be sufficiently armed,” he said

Interesting, I thought the HHI design was actually larger than the Rizal class? Or is this referencing 2 more Pohang class transfers? Or something else?

Any latest updates regarding AH-1F Cobras Attack Helicopter?

Some photos and videos in here


Parts in question from (

In a 2002 story about the T-50, the advanced jet trainer on which the FA-50 is based, FlightGlobal reported that BAE Systems was selected to supply the integrated mission display computer, APX-118 identification friend or foe with interface to a traffic collision avoidance system, wide field-of-view head-up display, colour cockpit television system, and integrated up-front control.

UK firm Martin Baker also supplies the jet’s ejection seats.

Might be of interest for this topic, from  NASA's Contributions to Aeronautics Volume 1 (page 126):

Whitcomb's legacy is found in the airliners transports business jets and military aircraft flying today that rely upon the area rule fuselage supercritical wings and winglets for improved efficiency The fastest highest flying and most lethal example is the US Air Force's Lockheed Martin F 22 Raptor multirole air superiority fighter Known widely as the 21st Century Fighter the F 22 is capable of Mach 2 and features an area rule fuselage for sustained superSonic cruise or supercruise performance and a supercritical wing The Raptor was an outgrowth of the Advanced Tactical Fighter ATF program that ran from 1986 to 1991 Lockheed designers benefited greatly from NASA work in fly by wire control composite materials and stealth design to meet the mission the new aircraft The Raptor made its first flight in 1997 and aircraft reached Air Force units beginning in 2005

General Discussion / Re: Black Hawks for the PAF?
« on: June 19, 2020, 08:22:10 AM »
What happened to the Mi-171 deal? I thought they were in Russia recently to inspect the production line. Couldn't get a CAATSA waiver?

Take delivery and settle any deficiencies at court.


it's not over until it formally expires. i think this is the philippines taking a page out of The Art of the Deal and I applaud them for it.


PLAAF Senior Pilot Reveals Poor Performance in Joint Exercise With RTAF

An early December 2019 report from inside of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) reveals previously unreleased technical details of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Russian-built Su-27s losing a majority of engagements in a November 2015 joint exercise with the 701 Fighter Squadron of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). This Thai unit operates eight Saab JAS-39C and four JAS-39D Gripens.

The engagements, known as Falcon Strike 2015, were the first of three such exercises and were detailed in a lecture given by one of the PLAAF’s most heavily decorated pilots, Senior Colonel Li Chunghua Hua (李中華), at the PRC’s Northwestern Polytechnical University (西北工业大学) in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province.

Li is described as one of the most experienced Sukhoi Su-27SK/J-11A pilots in the PLAAF with some 3,200 hours in fast jets, much of them in the Russian-made Sukhoi.  His revelations are unprecedented and are assessed by US intelligence as demonstrating a growing concern within the officer corps over deficiencies with the training regime for the PLAAF’s pilot cadre.


Which model of the JAS-39? E/F would be closer in performance to the F-16V but C/D would be more friendly to the budget... I guess it would be a matter of whether or not the Saab offering meets the minimum requirements, then they win as the lowest cost qualified competitor?

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