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SAA-LIFT Munitions: AIM-9L Sidewinder
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:43:54 AM »
Administrator's note: See also AIM-9B: The PAF's first missile

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The SAA-LIFT Munitions acquisition project has been divided into multiple lots. Lot 1 was issued a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) on August 8, 2017.

SARO-BMB-D-17-0012038 1,016,787,204.00 08/08/2017 - Department of
National Defense (DND)
- General Headquarters, AFP and AFP-Wide Service Support Units (AFPWSSUS)
- General Headquarters - Proper

Release of funds to cover Lot 1 of the Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-In
Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) Aircraft Munitions Acquisition Project
under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.


It's worth noting that the value in the SARO above roughly corresponds to the value that PAO Chief Arsenio Andolong reported was spent for the AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles

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AFP modernization goes full throttle
ByPTV NewsPosted on December 29, 2017

https://www.ptvnews.ph/afp-modernization-goes-full-throttle/
 
MANILA — The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is gaining momentum as contracts for new aircraft, weapons and platforms were signed while other items were delivered this year.

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Department of National Defense (DND) public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong said . . . .

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Aside from the Super Tucanos, another welcome development for the PAF is the contract signing for the AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air missiles which will be used to arm the country’s 12 South Korean-made FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet which is currently being used as a fighter and attack aircraft.

Incidentally, the Mach 1.5 capable FA-50s were used in combat during the five-month battle to retake Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute Group terrorists.Aside from the Super Tucanos, another welcome development for the PAF is the contract signing for the AIM-9 “Sidewinder” air-to-air missiles which will be used to arm the country’s 12 South Korean-made FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” jet which is currently being used as a fighter and attack aircraft.

The South Korean-made aircraft was utilized as a ground-attack aircraft in said campaign which started May 23 and ended on October 23 this year.

“Notice to Proceed was issued to Diehl Raytheon of Germany last August 31. The (‘Sidewinder’ contract) is worth PHP1,016,734,088.” he added.

Andolong declined to give the specific number and delivery dates of the missiles for security reasons. But he said the “weapons are sufficient for all of the country’s FA-50s.”

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It is now safe to say the we can openly talk about Sidewinders being in the PAF inventory

A PAF DefensePH member sent the following to give context to the following report

https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1376072535811923/




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Re: SAA-LIFT Munitions: AIM-9L Sidewinder
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 01:08:51 PM »
'Sidewinder' missile deliveries to start this year
By Priam Nepomuceno  June 12, 2019, 9:01 am

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1072119

MANILA -- The delivery of the AIM-9 "Sidewinder" air-to-air missiles, which will be the primary armament of the South Korean FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" light-interim fighter aircraft, will start within this year, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said Wednesday.

"They (Sidewinder missiles) will be delivered within the year," he said to the Philippine News Agency when asked for updates on the weapons project.

Once the missiles arrive, Andolong said the FA-50s will definitely have more "fangs" to use in protecting the country's airspace aside from its 20mm automatic cannon.

A Notice to Proceed was issued to Diehl Raytheon of Germany on August 31. 2017.

The "Sidewinder" contract is worth PHP1,016,734,088.

The DND spokesperson declined to give the specific number of the missiles that will be acquired for security reasons.

But he said the "weapons are sufficient for all of the country's FA-50s." Andolong earlier said all AIM-9s to be acquired are "all live rounds and fresh from the factory", meaning all of its sensors, rocket motors and warheads are brand-new.

The AIM-9, which was developed by the US Navy in the 1950s, is one of the world's most reliable and successful air-to-air missiles. It utilizes infrared homing for guidance and tracking and has a top speed of Mach 3 or three times the speed of sound.

The missile's warhead weighs around 20 pounds and it has has a length of nine feet and 11 inches. (PNA)