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i think this was the first batch sir Jet..

what are they sniffing in the Palace?

why use the patrimonial assets as a security for a loan?

whats the use of GIR or sovereign bonds as payment for the loan? Why go for patrimonial assets?

its one big sell-off...
Models and Hobbies / Re: My Philippine Fleet
« Last post by brayski on Today at 01:00:44 AM »
little progress with PS-24 (almost ready for hull cloning)

D-66 arrived saturday, few progress with PF-7 (decided to go with the lead of the class), antenna mast on PS-20

D-66 hull cloned, will make PS-4 out of it
Japan to Develop Extended-Range Supersonic Air-to-Surface Missile | The Diplomat - March 25, 2019

The new missiles are meant to help deter Chinese aggression against Japan’s remote southwestern islets of the Ryukyu Islands chain, stretching southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan, and against the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

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Development of the missile kicked off in 2003. A first missile jettison test — used to validate the aerodynamic separation models of the missile — was conducted in March 2017 and was followed by extensive user trials. In August 2017, Japan’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) released for the first time footage showing a test firing of an ASM-3 missile prototype. As I reportedly previously, the MoD completed development of the ASM-3 in January 2018.

“Each [F-2] will be capable of carrying up to two XASM-3 missiles,” I noted July 2017. “The new missile will replace the older domestically produced Type 80 and Type 93 air-to-ship missiles capable of reaching near supersonic speed.” Powered by a ramjet engine, the missile can reportedly reach top speeds of up to Mach 3 and has an operational range of 80 nautical miles (150 kilometers.)” It is unclear when the new extended-range version of the ASM-3 will be operational.

Notably, Japan is also developing a new land-based solid-fueled anti-ship missile with an approximate range of 300 kilometers. The new missile is expected to be deployed by 2023 and will will supplement the Type 12 subsonic anti-ship missile, an upgraded variant of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Type 88 surface-to-ship missile with a reported range of 200 kilometers (124 miles), currently in service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF).

Beijing ignores ICC complaint vs. Xi
March 23, 2019, 12:51 pm

In their 17-page complaint, del Rosario and Carpio-Morales said Xi and other Chinese officials should be held accountable for crimes against humanity over China's activities in the South China Sea, adding that these deprived Filipino fishermen of food and livelihood.

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Won’t prosper

Malacańang on Saturday said while it respects del Rosario and Carpio-Morales' decision to file a complaint against Xi at the ICC, it believes that the case will not prosper.


Calling ICC attention on West PH Sea shows 'principled stand': analysts | ABS-CBN news - Posted at Mar 25 2019 04:09 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2019 04:30 PM

Filipino group files int'l court case vs China's Xi over 'crimes against humanity' | ABS-CBN news - Mar 21 2019 04:40 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2019 08:49 PM

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales joined the fishermen in filing the communication to the ICC on March 13.

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Among crimes punishable under the ICC are genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

China is not a state party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC.

The Philippines effectively withdrew from the international body last Sunday, March 17, after President Rodrigo Duterte unilaterally decided to pull out amid its preliminary examination into his administration's war on drugs.

The ICC, which received the communication on March 15, has jurisdiction over crimes committed during the period the Philippines was a member of the international body from Nov. 1, 2011 to March 17, 2019, the group said.

It was during Del Rosario's time as top Philippine diplomat that the country brought China before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal in 2013 for incursions in the country's exclusive economic zone within the disputed South China Sea.

The tribunal, based in The Hague, invalidated China's 9-dash line claim over the waters and recognized traditional fishing rights of Filipinos in the Scarborough Shoal, an area where Beijing's patrol ships had shooed away Philippine fishermen.
Dissent & Breakaway Regions / Re: ROCAF F-16
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 12:26:15 AM »
Are the US and China About to Face off Over American Fighter Sales to Taiwan? | The Diplomat - March 25, 2019

If that report is true, the United States would be turning course on what has been a longstanding reluctance to sell fighters to Taiwan, even as it has authorized other arms sales in line with the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which requires the U.S. government to support Taiwan “with arms of a defensive character.”

Even as the Obama administration and the Trump administration have approved weapons and spare parts for sale to Taiwan, fighters have long been seen as a bridge too far given Beijing serious reservations.

The United States authorized the sale of 150 F-16 fighters to Taiwan in 1992. The Obama administration, after receiving a request from Taipei, turned it down, initiating a set of upgrades instead to Taipei’s existing fleet.

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The prospect of a fighter sale to Taiwan this time comes at a time of particularly heightened U.S.-China tensions. The Trump administration has been known to seek leverage with Beijing across issues and it is possible that this may turn into the latest case of Taiwan being used a possible bargaining chip as Trump seeks to clinch a favorable trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump, however, has been unconventional on Taiwan policy in the past. As president-elect, he broke expectations by receiving a telephone call from Tsai. That call occurred at a time when Trump had yet to endorse the United States’ one-China policy as president — something that he did for the first time in February 2017.

Either way, Tsai’s fighter request and the Trump administration’s reported acceptance could set up another major area of turbulence between the United States and China.
General Discussion / Re: China’s New Spratly Island Defenses
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 12:22:10 AM »
China’s Next Phase of Militarization in the South China Sea | The Diplomat - March 20, 2019

Beijing is now consolidating its gains in the region – and its control.

China’s astonishing expansion into the South China Sea’s 1.35 million square miles and its subsequent militarization of the region over the past several years has cultivated a complex security environment. The initial phase of that growing complexity was predicated on geopolitical interest and expansion, notably during U.S. President Barack Obama’s second term in office.

Although it has been argued that regional tensions may remain stable because China has ceased its land acquisition endeavors to the south, the complex regional security environment may enter into a new phase of heightened tension and complexity during 2019. This next phase could emerge as a result of China’s dedicated push to consolidate its gains in the South China Sea (SCS) through the use of military and political powers in tandem with sharp threats as a result of military patrols and a quantum leap in the deployment of surveillance aircraft, guided-missile destroyers, and a bank of military equipment.

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In light of China’s inability to match all aspects of U.S. military capability – at least in qualitative terms, though numerically-speaking, China possesses extraordinary military strength – in the short term, a military presence beyond China’s immediate borders is a logical and necessary rung if China hopes to project its power to a level that goes beyond parity in the SCS. China’s military investment continues to increase and the country, while facing a cluster of opposition off its eastern shores, has only a single front on which to focus. Such incidents as the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officers, Meng Wanzhou and China’s persistent trade dispute with the United States have generated considerable attention, providing useful foliage for Chinese activities in the SCS. As a result, China’s interests in the SCS have become relatively peripheral in the media.

Distracting issues also give China valuable time to establish a stronger military presence on its existing holdings in the SCS rather than seeking to expand and pursue additional reclamation projects. China has turned to other methods for rolling out its claim to the south in the recent past, with Brunei deepening its economic reliance on China via financial and trading arrangements. At the wave of a political wand, China not only secured a piece of its own interests, but those of Brunei as well, while acquiring a much-needed ally in the SCS region that can either remain silent or sway in a direction that suits Beijing’s strategic interests.

The Philippines has cozied up to China after being successfully seduced by the promise of China’s Belt and Road. The grandiose development strategy is as much a political instrument as it is an economic initiative and one with which Beijing can increase its political influence over the policy trajectories of SCS states in the context of SCS claims and territory.

Vietnam, however, remains comparably defiant and stalwart in its approach to the SCS, with a record of challenging China and systematic efforts to turn the SCS into a “lake” of its own. Vietnam’s efforts to proscribe Chinese ventures in the SCS, notably the creation of further artificial islands, an influx of warships, and the potential establishment of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ), demonstrate the limits of Beijing’s friendly pressure on others to quietly remove their flags from disputed areas.

General Discussion / Re: PNP Rotary Aircraft
« Last post by Ayoshi on March 25, 2019, 11:57:32 PM »

Rotorcraft Asia 2019: First H125 for Philippine police arrives
22nd March 2019 - 11:00 GMT

An H125 destined for the Philippine National Police (PNP) now has arrived in the Southeast Asian country. After being assembled, tested and formally accepted by the PNP, this H125 is one of four helicopters that will eventually fly on police business around the Philippines.

The PNP’s single-engine helicopter acquisition project saw Airbus Helicopters scoop a PHP452 million ($8.9 million) contract in December 2017 for two H125s, and the first of these has now been delivered in disassembled condition.

Not long after that particular contract was awarded, Airbus Helicopters won a second tender worth PHP450.5 million in July 2018 for an additional two H125 rotorcraft.

The General Appropriations Act had approved the purchase of four single-engine helicopters in two lots. Yet the PNP still has a requirement for a third batch of single-engine helicopters, and a budget of PHP780 million has been provided for three single-engine aircraft.

These aircraft additions are badly needed by the Air Unit of the Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).

Up until last year, its ageing rotary-winged fleet includes three AS350 BA, two Bo 105, two R44 Raven I and one R44 Raven II helicopters, but few, if any, are considered airworthy.

The most recent addition to the PNP-SAF fleet was a Bell 429 that was formally commissioned into service on 16 April 2018. The contract with Bell, worth PHP435.8 million ($8.6 million), was awarded under the police’s twin-engine helicopter acquisition project in June 2017.

The PNP will also need a couple more twin-engine aircraft in the future.

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