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Getting fancy. ERBB - Extended Range, Base Bleed. Cool.

Interesting development, especially if these go to the Army.
Maybe the PAF would be better off divesting itself of rotary assets and concentrate on fixed wing assets. There would be more funds available to fill out the Super Tucano purchase, Fighter purchases, Heavy lift etc.
Let the Army get the all the Hueys, all the MD-520s. All of them.

"If it chooses to"? Pessimism?

On another note, if the Apache is acquired for the army, it would be in the strange position of operating more modern helicopters than the air services AH1, not to mention a duplication of roles. And if it acquires Brahmos, the army would have the anti ship missiles too.

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),”

General Discussion / Re: New Navy chief allays shortage of naval assets
« on: February 27, 2020, 02:36:53 AM »
At some point, numbers do make a difference though.
One Shaldag can only be in one place at one time. 

Classic case of cutting off the nose to spite the face.  Gross overreaction to a simple diplomatic issue.
Pull up a chair and bring a stiff drink.  The ride is going to get more interesting.

General Discussion / Re: Philippine Navy's OPV requirement
« on: February 12, 2020, 10:08:18 PM »
It is not uncommon for even the smallest PN patrol boats to serve in ad-hoc troop transport, troop insertion and extraction roles. Not to mention rescue and recovery roles. In those roles, they often operate close inshore.  Multiple ribs facilitate the process.  It's likely a PN design requirement.


"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?

General Discussion / Re: PHL Air Force acquires C-295M aircraft from Spain
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:59:25 PM »
There are 4 but the key word is "operational". One of them is in overhaul.

Problem. Aren't there only TWO sets of Sea Giraffe radars? 
Is there shortfall being addressed? All three ships are receiving the new Hanwa CMS but only two will have the big radar. 

General Discussion / Re: Tank Gunnery Simulator Project (Philippine Army)
« on: October 22, 2019, 09:15:16 PM »
Cart before the horse? How can you simulate something that hasn't been selected yet?

General Discussion / Re: Uparming the Parola class MRRVs
« on: October 17, 2019, 01:20:54 AM »
Seems that the placement of the mount isn't ideal with the port and startboard sides of the mount blocked by the fire monitors on both sides.

In one sense, the three WHECS in PN service could be classified as having FFBNW systems. The US simply removed them before the transfers and now, albeit after some delay, they are getting arguably better systems. 

Isn't it strange that the PA gets the antiship missiles? Seems like the Army is getting handed these missiles as a political bone.  If it were a ballistic missile batter, then assigning them to the army would make sense but the Brahmos is a supersonic antiship cruise missile.

You would think that the employment of these missiles would need coordination with ships offshore at the very least.  Designation and identification of targets would need input and coordination from Navy and PAF assets when the targets are beyond the horizon.  The Navy and the PAF after all are the operators of the equipment that can do this (Aerostats, land based surface search radars, Coast watch system, long range drones). Giving these missiles to the army introduces an unneeded complication and additional communication and coordination requirements that would not exist should the Navy be getting these missiles.

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403)
« on: September 23, 2019, 10:04:49 AM »
Is the ship first in class? Someone screwed up or daresay, sabotaged it? Not unheard of either. If it's not a screw up then this does not bode well as far as maintainability does it?

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