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So the AFP has been using this before?

A US Navy solicitation has shown the Philippines to be a hitherto-unknown operator of the Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
The contract notification award issued by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 6 June covers a follow-on requirement for an undisclosed number of ScanEagle systems for the Philippines government. The country previously had not been known to field the type.

The ScanEagle aircraft is 1.2 m long, has a wingspan of 3 m, and is launched using a pneumatic catapult. It has a service ceiling of 10,000 ft and an endurance of more than 20 hours. The ScanEagle is equipped with electro-optic, infrared, and high-resolution video cameras that enable the operator to track stationary and moving targets.

The Insitu ScanEagle UAV seen at the company's test facility in eastern Oregon. The Philippines now has been revealed to be an operator of the type, after a solicitation for a follow-on order was posted online by the US Navy. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)

Keep them working / Retitled: Foreign Object Damage (FOD) to FA-50 engine
« on: October 09, 2016, 10:14:07 AM »
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This thread was broken off from the following thread, and references the following event

‘Bird strike’ destroys engine of PAF’s brand new FA50 lead-in jet
By: Jaime Sinapit,
August 22, 2016 10:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - One of two brand new South Korean-made FA50 “Golden Eagle” lead-in fighter jet platforms of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was rendered non-operational after its engine was hit and totally destroyed by a “bird strike”.

“It’s true, na-bird strike ‘yung isa nating FA50 at natengga na dahil totally destroyed ‘yung engine niya. Ang hindi ko lang alam kung dalawang engine o isa lang. Twin engines kasi ‘yung FA50 natin,” a former officer of PAF who asked not to be identified told has tried but failed to get an immediate comment from PAF spokesman Colonel Araus Robert Musico.

According to the source, the bird strike hit the FA50 jet at the PAF’s runaway at Clark Airfield in Pampanga sometime in March this year.

The incident was not reported by PAF until the information was leaked to

“Sa ngayon, ‘yung isa na lamang na FA50 ang lumilipad dahil nga sira ang makina at hindi pa napapalitan nung isang FA50,” the source said.

Birds colliding with aircraft usually result in bird strikes, which are a natural occurrence at this time of the year.

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A full ILS pacakge is actually mandated by law. But such packages can't last forever. Ideally we'd transition to a logistics agreement before that package runs out.

A bit OT, but school me a bit here Mr A.
Why then is the PAF bidding for a new(?) engine for the FA50 that suffered the bird strike several months ago? Shouldn't the ILS package/parts started coming in for storage after the planes were delivered? Or does the manufacturer determines which part/s should be delivered first, base of estimated annual flying hours?

Former Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, 71, succumbed to cancer on Thursday morning, her husband Atty. Jun Santiago said.
"She died peacefully in her sleep this morning," Santiago said.
The former lawmaker passed away while confined at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City.

General Discussion / Retitled: Gripen for the PAF?
« on: September 29, 2016, 12:26:01 AM »

Saab is to open an office in Manila by the end of 2016 to support the company's campaign to sell its JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft to the Philippine Air Force (PAF), an official from the Swedish company told I HS Jane's on 28 September.

Speaking on the opening day of the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila, Carl-Erik Leek, Saab's executive vice-president in the Asia Pacific, said the new office would be the centre of the company's marketing activities in the country.

At present, these are undertaken from Saab's regional headquarters in Thailand, although the company does not currently have a major presence, in terms of previous defence sales, in the Philippine market.

The new office will also be supported by the Swedish government's intention, announced in December 2015, to open an embassy in Manila to support growth in bilateral trade and investment. Both Saab's office and the new embassy are expected to be operational by November.

Leek, who will head up the new Manila office, said Saab's primary target in the Philippines is the PAF's requirement - outlined in the service's modernisation programme, Flight Plan 2028 - for 12 multirole combat aircraft. "Saab can fulfil the PAF requirement for an affordable fighter aircraft," said Leek. "We think we are a strong contender."

He added that the offer would include a package of support systems, similar to the capabilities that Saab has supplied the Royal Thai Air Force, which procured 12 Gripen C/D aircraft ordered in two phases in 2008 and 2010, with deliveries completed in 2013. "[The PAF offer] will be a whole system including ground infrastructure, an integrated command-and-control system, sensors, and datalinks," he said.

In addition, Leek highlighted opportunities for Saab to meet Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) requirements for naval systems - such as combat management systems - radars and air defence.

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