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http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1041949

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PAF looks for possible sources of combat choppers

By Priam Nepomuceno July 19, 2018, 2:11 pm

MANILA --- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is now identifying possible sources of combat utility helicopters capable of meeting its specifications, an official said on Wednesday.

"We are going to talk to them to one by one so the Philippines, in this case, the Air Force will get what is best for our conditions," PAF chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar said in an interview.

Possible sources of the PAF's combat utility helicopters include South Korea, Italy and even Russia, Kintanar said.

"We sent a team there (Russia) just to look (at) the helicopters that they have offered, we have tried it," the PAF chief added.

Kintanar hoped that the contract for the combat utility helicopters will be finalized within the year.

Once procured, the aircraft will replace the country's cancelled 16 Bell 412 EPI order from Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) last February.

The move came after the Canadian government ordered the review of the PHP12-billion deal between the Department of National Defense and CCC following reports that the Philippines is planning to use the helicopters against the insurgents.

"While the combat utility helicopters being purchased are primarily for the purpose of transporting personnel and supplies, the Department believes that it does not owe the Canadian government any justification for an outright purchase of equipment from a privately-owned company," DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong earlier said. (PNA)
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Thanks 40niner!  :)

Care of pachador, he quoted a related Sept 27, 2016 - GMA News article that states:

"The next one will be arriving in December, the next three months thereafter darating na siya. The president two weeks also approved the procurement of two vessels katulad ng sa China, yung dalawang malaki. Magiging malaking tulong sa amin. We are also negotiating two more vessels from France," he added.

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https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/10/16/1633949/duterte-oks-plan-buy-2-pcg-helicopters

The government is also planning to order two ships from France to add to the PCG’s fleet.

Looks like a POSSIBLE preview of a Philippine Ports and Coast Guard Capability Development Project Phase 2. But to temper anyone's expectations, it is still at the start of the NEDA project proposal processing as of May 2018, so likely still a long way to go.


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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Cape Engaño (MRRV-4411)
« Last post by Herbie on Today at 04:25:28 AM »
Courtesy of AGC Video: MRRV-4411 Sea Trials in Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGnReDV8sCE

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AFP Organization, Services, and Units / BRP Cape Engaño (MRRV-4411)
« Last post by Herbie on Today at 04:24:54 AM »
JICA and GOP sign agreement for ODA on maritime safety
December 16, 2013

https://www.jica.go.jp/philippine/english/office/topics/news/131216.html

December 14 -- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a 18.732 billion Japanese Yen loan agreement with the Government of the Philippines to further boost maritime safety and enhance the capabilities of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

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The ODA loan project involves the construction of ten 40-meter Multi-Role Response Vessels (MRRVs) that is set to augment the Philippine Coast Guard Fleet operations. The said MRRVs are expected to contribute to maritime safety, maritime law enforcement, monitoring, pollution control, disaster response, and among others. Advanced shipbuilding technologies from Japan will be adopted in the construction of the vessels. Further, the project would also involve human resource development of PCG to improve skills in operating and maintaining the MRRVs.

"This initiative combines enhancing the Philippine capability on search and rescue responsibilities with disaster response and maritime safety. Since the Philippines is an archipelago, maritime safety is critical to the country's socio-economic development," said Takahiro Sasaki, JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines.

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The last of the Phase 1 Parola class, Cape Engaño's sea trials:

Courtesy of AGC Video: MRRV-4411 Sea Trials in Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGnReDV8sCE
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General Discussion / Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
« Last post by dr demented on July 18, 2018, 09:48:50 PM »
A Coast Guard Tactical Delivery Team (TDT) perform a hook and climb operation to board the Philippine Navy frigate BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF 17) July 16, during a training operation as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. TDT members are part of the Coast Guard's Maritime Security Response Team-West and routinely train to board compliant and non-compliant vessels.

Photo courtesy of dvidshub.net.



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Discussions about all nations and places / Re: US-China trade war
« Last post by adroth on July 18, 2018, 05:08:54 AM »
China is feeling the pain

China economic growth slows to 6.7% in second quarter

July 16, 2018, 10:56 AM
By Agence France-Presse

https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/07/16/china-economic-growth-slows-to-6-7-in-second-quarter/

Chinese growth slowed slightly in the second quarter as the world’s number two economy faced a snowballing trade fight with the United States.

The economy expanded by 6.7 percent in April-June, down from 6.8 percent in the first quarter and in line with a 6.7 percent rate tipped in an AFP survey of economists.

Despite the quarterly deceleration, growth was still higher than the annual target of around 6.5 percent set by the government.

China faced an “extremely complex environment both at home and abroad”, said Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the national statistics bureau.

The impact of the deepening trade conflict with the United States was yet to fully kick in, according to analysts, who added that Beijing’s battle to rein in pollution and spiraling debt levels had crimped growth.

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Dragon Economy / China economic growth slows to 6.7% in second quarter
« Last post by adroth on July 18, 2018, 05:03:20 AM »
China economic growth slows to 6.7% in second quarter

July 16, 2018, 10:56 AM
By Agence France-Presse

https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/07/16/china-economic-growth-slows-to-6-7-in-second-quarter/

Chinese growth slowed slightly in the second quarter as the world’s number two economy faced a snowballing trade fight with the United States.

The economy expanded by 6.7 percent in April-June, down from 6.8 percent in the first quarter and in line with a 6.7 percent rate tipped in an AFP survey of economists.

Despite the quarterly deceleration, growth was still higher than the annual target of around 6.5 percent set by the government.

China faced an “extremely complex environment both at home and abroad”, said Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the national statistics bureau.

The impact of the deepening trade conflict with the United States was yet to fully kick in, according to analysts, who added that Beijing’s battle to rein in pollution and spiraling debt levels had crimped growth.

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General Discussion / Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
« Last post by dr demented on July 17, 2018, 10:10:48 PM »
A Philippine marine holds an M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle after completing a hike to a firing range with U.S. Marines during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 15, 2018.

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Russian tank doctrine evolves to combat modern threats
Samuel Cranny-Evans, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
10 July 2018

http://www.janes.com/article/81651/russian-tank-doctrine-evolves-to-combat-modern-threats?utm_campaign=CL_%20Jane%27s%20360-July-11-2018_PC5308_e-production_E-12463_KP_0711_0830&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

Russian tank forces have revealed details of new tank tactics during a battalion tactical exercise held in Voronezh, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 4 July.

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Elements of the 20th Guards Army from the Western Military District demonstrated a series of armoured warfare drills designed to mitigate the threat of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), which have plagued main battle tanks in recent deployments.

The drills focused on constant movement so that the tanks present a very brief window for return fire, too short for accurate missile fire, enabling the tanks to fire on enemy positions.

Describing the first tactic, “tank carousel”, tank company commander Captain Roman Schegolev said, “There can be three, six, nine or more vehicles. They continuously travel in a circle – one fires, the other moves to the rear and reloads, the third prepares to enter the position.”

The tank carousel allows the unit to apply constant pressure on suspected enemy positions until they receive return fire, at which point the type of weapon is identified and relayed to pre-positioned “sniper tanks” to conduct an engagement.

The conflict in Syria has shown that guerrilla forces often have the upper hand in choosing the location of a battle. The “Syrian shaft” has been developed to provide defence against vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and ATGMs.

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