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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403)
« on: September 23, 2019, 04:24:01 AM »
Is this kinda early in the life of this ship?


The success of the strike by Houthis (and Iran) was ridiculously successful and deniable.  Unlike ballistic missiles which have a ballistic arc and can be easily tracked to their launching location, cruise missiles and UAVs can follow circuitous and convoluted tracks that would make attribution difficult.  Plug, they are arguably cheap.

Perhaps the DND should be talking with Iran and Houthis.

No National Flag at the stern and Navy Jack in front?

The Philippines is not a big country. Neither is the AFP particularly well funded.
Do we need this extravagance when we already have the PAF which is primarily tasked for Army support (the 205th is by and large the largest operational unit in the PAF)?
Standing up another unit with the same tasks as the 205th is a duplication of effort.
Is the PAF divesting itself of general support transport helos?

Yeah smaller but more general purpose. It seems like the PN has come to the realization that the Philippines needs an Absalon type ship ( instead of a pure LPD. Especially when you consider the missions the PN has been sending these ships on. 
They are however trying to do it on the cheap.

Note that it does not have to be an armed landing. A pretense of an "emergency" can be enough.

Under the guise of bad weather, what would the Philippines do if large numbers of Chinese "fishermen" land in Pagasa?
Large = numbers exceeding the garrison and the current civilian population, effectively overpowering the garrison.  What now?

When you consider that the island is now surrounded by Chinese "fishing" boats, the scenario isn't far fetched. 

General Discussion / "Distributed Lethality" for the Philippine Navy
« on: June 21, 2019, 09:05:52 PM »
In US Navy terms, this is a move to arm every ship (tankers, supply ships, landing ships etc.) with weapons to contribute to the fight. Up to and including SSMs.
The effect of this would be more ships able to undertake a variety of missions and give commanders more lethal options.

Since the Philippines has so few ships to begin with, it should try to emulate this. 

Take the Tarlac class for example.  Despite being primarily a Landing ship, the PH typically sends it out on missions that in other navies would require a frigate.  Why?  Because it does not have enough hulls, much less any ships to send. 

It's time to recognize this and arm it accordingly.  SSMs, self defense SAMs, air search and surface search radars. The whole lot.  In PN practice, these ships are functionally not LSDs or SSVs, they are being used as dare-i-say Frigates.  It's time we recognize this and equip them accordingly, especially in the light of two new LSDs coming up the pipeline.

The PN cannot hope to match larger navies hull for hull.  The political will isn't there even if funding could be found.  But it can make better use of what it has by up-arming all the hulls that it currently has and making the newer hulls more effective. More shooters, to put it tritely, are better.

General Discussion / Lasers in the West Philippine sea
« on: June 12, 2019, 10:46:24 PM »
The Chinese have been using it against Australian and US pilots operating in the area.  Hard to believe they would limit themselves to planes of those countries only.  Are we prepared?

That answers the question on the add-on armor package.

Some should differentiate between air search and surface search radars. 
The implication with the headline "build four radar stations for the Philippines to counter piracy surge" is these aren't air defense radars but surface search ones.

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Jose Rizal launched
« on: May 31, 2019, 01:04:03 AM »
The VLS would basically be a defensive system. The SSM should be the priority.
Giving the ship an offensive capability would give the Philippine Navy muscle it does not currently have.
The PN needs weapons that can threaten capital ships.

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Jose Rizal launched
« on: May 25, 2019, 01:05:39 AM »
The racks for the SSMs are also installed. SSMs will be Korean too so that would be a government to government transaction?
Since the Shorad SAMS are also installed, it could arguably be said that the CIWS can be put off. Another 30mm would be more useful. 
Not a bad start considering all the drama.
We need more than two.
We also need ships that can critically damage or sink capital ships. Otherwise, it's just a heavily armed coast guard.

Extended range ammunition can extend that to 30km.

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