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Title: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: Ayoshi on October 07, 2016, 06:28:13 PM
Manila, Moscow near deal on $12-m choppers | Manila Standard (http://thestandard.com.ph/news/-main-stories/top-stories/218191/manila-moscow-near-deal-on-12-m-choppers.html#.V_dktf4kgC8.facebook) - October 07, 2016
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An insider ad Foreign Affairs Department told the Manila Standard that the Philippines is looking to purchase either two of MI17 or MI24 to improve the country’s capability against possible internal and external threats.

We are looking of purchasing two to four MI17 or MI24. This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s focus is more on internal security than external,” the source, who asked for anonymity, told the Manila Standard.

Although the Philippines is still window shopping, the source admitted that the Israel government is also pushing for their drones.

The heavily armored Russian helicopters are designed to withstand any kind of weather and are said to be low maintenance.

* 2015: Russia wants military, defense cooperation pact with PH (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/131882/russia-wants-military-defense-cooperation-pact-with-ph)


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see also: Russian soft loans for military equipment (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=118.0)

Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: adroth on October 08, 2016, 01:43:20 AM
The PAF has been looking for ramp-equipped Medium-Lift helicopters for a while now. IIRC, they cancelled the Seaplane project for this.

This was also why we had that FB extension for medium-lift helicopters.
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: jetmech on October 08, 2016, 07:49:49 AM
   I'm not sure where to ask these questions, but where did the U.S. failed with regards to Philippine relations?  Defense was where it was first noted (DU30'S view on FA-50 purchase)? That's too shallow whereas some of the counter insurgency initiatives have been assisted by the US, the most significant for me is that road project in Jolo (farm to market). Success is dependent on national and local government, though, not the US. There were probably hints way back the second Bush visit with regards to up-arming the AFP if only the Philippines will do its share (cost). The Perry class & F-16s were turned down by gov't (one solon said the F-16s were outdated, if I remember). Anyone care to clarify or dispute my observation?
   The current US administration from the start have avoided expanding conflicts and confrontations so it's no wonder it's playing safe with regards to offensive weapons . Of course, that policy have not prevented or even solved current world conflicts and sufferings of millions. But the way the current Philippine administration came out swinging after being cautioned about human rights issue, I only see a leader that only uses fear as a way to rule. His way or else.....(
    Finally, I'm trying to figure out what countries came out successful & economically with Chinese and Russians as major partners? That is, if the US and EU were to step aside. I was even amazed/ glad when the past administration was able to insulate the Philippine economy from the Chinese economic reset (it's still not out of danger of another bubble).  I'm not insinuating anything, independent policies are fine with me, but DU30's messages are confusing even to someone who grew-up sa "kanto"in La Loma and survived so many nights at Isla Puting Bato and Del Pan-Pasig River to Manila Bay pier (doing dry-goods & fish commerce).  I'm just hoping he will not drag the nation down with his style (or "gamble"?). 
     
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: adroth on October 08, 2016, 10:54:10 AM
   I'm not sure where to ask these questions, but where did the U.S. failed with regards to Philippine relations?

Arguably those words were chosen for "dramatic effect" rather than accuracy. Only time will tell if it really has the effect that they appear to intend. Either it works . . . or a proud man will have to swallow hard.

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=141.0

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=277.msg550#msg550

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I'm just hoping he will not drag the nation down with his style (or "gamble"?)

A gamble indeed.

We've talked about how the AFP has a perception problem and why. Need to put up the C-130 graveyard again.

The solution we've advocated for almost a decade was to show that we had learned our lessons and create a track record to earn that trust.

This administration appears to want to shortcut the process and set aside past observations . . . or else.

Buckle up . . . this is going to be a loooong ride with an uncertain outcome.
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: redcomet_m on October 08, 2016, 11:33:08 AM
@adroth
Seaplane? So is it a fair assumption that a navalized variant is being eyed like the helis of the mexican navy? Or sort of a canadian leased variant (http://www.casr.ca/101-af-ch178-mil.html) is preferred? Either way

Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: adroth on October 08, 2016, 12:10:27 PM
@adroth
Seaplane? So is it a fair assumption that a navalized variant is being eyed like the helis of the mexican navy? Or sort of a canadian leased variant (http://www.casr.ca/101-af-ch178-mil.html) is preferred? Either way

The seaplane project was reportedly the source of the funds. It was not a replacement per-se. So there may very well be no requirement for a navalized asset.

Only got one source for that tid bit, with no corroboration. So YMMV.
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: jetmech on October 08, 2016, 01:31:12 PM
   I'm not sure where to ask these questions, but where did the U.S. failed with regards to Philippine relations?

Arguably those words were chosen for "dramatic effect" rather than accuracy. Only time will tell if it really has the effect that they appear to intend. Either it works . . . or a proud man will have to swallow hard.

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=141.0

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=277.msg550#msg550

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I'm just hoping he will not drag the nation down with his style (or "gamble"?)

A gamble indeed.

We've talked about how the AFP has a perception problem and why. Need to put up the C-130 graveyard again.

The solution we've advocated for almost a decade was to show that we had learned our lessons and create a track record to earn that trust.

This administration appears to want to shortcut the process and set aside past observations . . . or else.

Buckle up . . . this is going to be a loooong ride with an uncertain outcome.

  It's not only him that will need to swallow hard, the entire nation will. Hofstede's cultural dimension/ Power Distance Index is showing its negative side.
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: Invictus on December 06, 2016, 04:12:07 PM
Philippines, Russia Negotiate Military Cooperation (http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12105697@egNews)

On December 5, 2016 Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov held negotiations with DND Philippines.

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The negotiations were held in course of building up agreements on bilateral military cooperation, which had been achieved at the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with the President of the Republic of Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the summit in Lima.

In course of the meeting, Anatoly Antonov noted that Russia and Philippines were facing common threats, main of which was international terrorism. He also informed Rodrigo Roa Duterte about fighting of the Russian Armed Forces against terrorism in Syria.

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Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: adroth on December 27, 2016, 09:38:13 PM
The sales pitches are making the rounds  :)

The author's views appear to be derived from the headlines without actually digging deeper to ascertain the PH's actual intentions

Why the Philippines is moving into Russia’s arms
December 26, 2016 RAKESH KRISHNAN SIMHA, SPECIAL TO RBTH

http://rbth.com/blogs/continental_drift/2016/12/26/why-the-philippines-is-moving-into-russias-arms_665323

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) require an urgent infusion of modern weapons, but what the AFP doesn’t need are expensive toys. High-performance – and gas guzzling – warplanes like the F-16 (offered by the U.S.) or the South Korean FA-50 Golden Eagle jet fighter are redundant for two reasons.

One, the Philippines has no external enemies. Two, Manila will never be able to afford these jets in sufficient numbers to be able to present a credible defense. “Let’s contend ourselves with the propeller-driven planes but which we can use extensively in counter-insurgency,” Duterte said at a public meeting earlier this year. “I don’t need jets, F-16 – that’s of no use to us… we don’t intend to fight any country.”

About the FA-50s he said: “Why did you buy that?” Duterte. “What a waste of money. You cannot use them for anti-insurgency, which is the problem at the moment. You can only use these for ceremonial fly-by.”

Clearly, Manila’s primary security threats are land-based – communist insurgents and Islamic groups who have been running a separatist movement for decades. What the AFP requires are light ground attack aircraft that can be deployed against terrorists in the dense forests of Southeast Asia. The cheap and Syrian War tested Su-25 (NATO codename Frogfoot) is ideally suited for this role. It is a heavily armored aircraft that would provide Filipino troops close air support and is almost invulnerable to small arms fire from the ground.

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Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: Shrike on December 28, 2016, 06:25:43 PM
Anyone know the loiter time of a Frogfoot?  If we have to buy Russian, and a COIN role is of paramount importance, wouldn't a Mi-28 or a Ka-50/52 be a better option?
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: adroth on December 28, 2016, 10:41:34 PM
Anyone know the loiter time of a Frogfoot?  If we have to buy Russian, and a COIN role is of paramount importance, wouldn't a Mi-28 or a Ka-50/52 be a better option?

Shrike,

Try reading this

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=788.0
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: LionFlyer on December 28, 2016, 10:47:38 PM
Loiter time is a function of the nearest forward operating base where the platform is deployed.
Title: Russia offering submarines but PHL not keen on buying —Lorenzana
Post by: adroth on December 31, 2016, 03:03:10 PM
Russia offering submarines but PHL not keen on buying —Lorenzana
Published December 30, 2016 9:24pm
By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News
Russia is offering to sell submarines to the Philippines but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday said that it was unlikely that the Philippines would buy.

In a chance interview with reporters following the Rizal Day commemoration rites in Luneta, Lorenzana said he gave an update on his visit in Russia with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. early in December.

"Okay naman. Very aggressive sila na makipag-ano tayo sa kanila na relationship na military--hindi naman alliance kundi exchange lang ng mga estudyante, na personnel, participation sa exercises, mga observer lang sa exercises muna," Lorenzana said.

"At saka, gusto rin nila magbenta sa atin ng mga hardware. So tignan natin kung kailangan natin ang mga hardware nila," he added.

"Gusto nila magbenta ng submarine pero ewan ko... Hindi [natin kaya]. Masyadong mahal. Napakamahal ng submarine. At hindi naman siguro natin kailangan ng submarine dito," Lorenzana said.

But Philippines would likely purchase intelligence-gathering equipment from Russia.

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- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/594189/news/nation/russia-offering-submarines-but-phl-not-keen-on-buying-lorenzana#sthash.2DWOIAkK.dpuf
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: mamiyapis on December 31, 2016, 11:34:25 PM
Any sub will be expensive. But if someone in Navy can get to Duterte and explain... A PN sub program would re-arrange the board in the region.
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: Ayoshi on January 04, 2017, 10:18:00 PM
Russia offers Philippines sophisticated weapons and close friendship | interaksyon (http://interaksyon.com/article/135867/russia-offers-philippines-sophisticated-weapons-and-close-friendship) - January 4, 2017
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Russian Ambassador Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev took the opportunity to hold a news conference on board the anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs.

He said he understood that the Philippines was intent on diversifying its foreign partners.

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Khovaev said Russia had a range of weapons to offer.

"We are ready to supply small arms and light weapons, some aeroplanes, helicopters, submarines and many, many other weapons. Sophisticated weapons. Not the second-hand ones,” Khovaev said.

"Russia has a lot to offer but everything will be done in full compliance with international law."

He said it was too early to talk about the scope of military cooperation but, in a clear reference to the United States, said old allies should not worry.
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: adroth on January 05, 2017, 08:07:33 AM
Russia not seeking military alliance with PHL — envoy
Published November 29, 2016 12:54pm
By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev on Tuesday assured that his country is ready to be a reliable friend and partner of the Philippines but noted that it is not seeking to establish a military alliance with any country within the Asia-Pacific region.

"We are open for cooperation with all responsible members of the international community, including the Philippines," Khovaev said in a forum in Quezon City on Tuesday.

"[But] we are not talking about alliance.... We are talking about partnership and friendship. Russia has no military alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. We are not going to create any military alliance," he added.

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However, he said Russia does not want to meddle with the issue on the disputed territories in the South China Sea.

"Russia does not take sides in [South] China Sea [issue]. It must be solved in compliance with international law," Khovaev said.

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- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/590567/news/nation/russia-not-seeking-military-alliance-with-phl-envoy#sthash.9lrE0VTl.dpuf
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: Invictus on January 05, 2017, 04:00:36 PM
Palace: Agreement Needed for PH-Russian Military Engagements (http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/01/05/1659880/palace-agreement-needed-ph-russian-military-engagements)

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Abella said that the Memorandum of Understanding will provide the framework for engagement between Filipino and Russian troops.
 
"[That will include] military to military, visiting students, mutual exchanges, and joint military exercises," Abella said.
 
Philippine and Russian defense officials met in Moscow in April 2016 to discuss possible areas of cooperation, the Department of Foreign Affairs said last May. Among the issues discussed was the planned Philippine-Russia Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation.
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: Ayoshi on January 05, 2017, 11:38:02 PM
US downplays Phl defense cooperation with Russia | yahoo! news (https://sg.news.yahoo.com/us-downplays-phl-defense-cooperation-000000784.html) - 5 January 2017
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WASHINGTON – Any bilateral defense ties between the Philippines and Russia will not affect how the United States views the importance of its bilateral relationship with the Philippines, a long time ally, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

He said the defense relationship between the United States and the Philippines remains “very, very strong.”

“Our overall mil-to-mil relations remain robust, they remain multifaceted and that’s the way we want to see it continue,” Kirby added.

Title: PHL, Russia enhance security cooperation
Post by: adroth on February 02, 2017, 08:08:40 AM
PHL, Russia enhance security cooperation

http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=1&sid=&nid=1&rid=959735

MANILA, Jan. 31 (PNA) -- In line with the government’s thrust to enhance security cooperation with Russia, Philippine Ambassador to the Russian Federation Carlos D. Sorreta met with Lt. Gen. Alexander Avdeyko, Head of the Legal and Treaties Department of the Ministry of the Interior (MoI), in Moscow, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

The two officials acknowledged the necessity of consolidating efforts in combating the growing threat of transnational crimes, especially drug trafficking, terrorism, and human trafficking, among others.

“The Philippines recognizes the Russian Federation as an important partner in advancing its national security goals, including in its fight against transnational crimes and other public safety and public order issues,” Ambassador Sorreta said.

“For this reason, we are keen on establishing institutional linkages between the Department of Interior and Local Government and other Philippine security agencies and the MoI in order to facilitate cooperation in this sphere,” the Ambassador added.

Lt.Gen. Avdeyko noted that Philippines-Russia relations are on the rise based on the high-level contacts at the head of state and ministerial levels, and the expanding tourism exchanges.

The MoI expressed its desire to contribute to this positive development as it is prepared to become a full-fledged partner in the fight against crime through capacity building activities.

These activities possibly include training and retraining of Philippine personnel in the MoI’s institutes and academies as well as cultural and sports exchanges, among others.

Sorreta affirmed that bilateral cooperation is indeed on the rise and that both Presidents Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Vladimir Putin are determined to strengthen Philippine-Russia relations even more.

The two officials agreed to speed up work on a draft legal framework in time for the visit of President Duterte to Moscow slated in the first half of 2017, as both acknowledged the importance of security cooperation as a pillar of Philippine-Russia relations. (PNA)
Title: Re: Russia Negotiating Military Deal with PHL ?
Post by: adroth on April 22, 2017, 03:32:18 AM
PH-Russia defense cooperation will be in the form of training: Esperon
Published April 21, 2017, 6:54 PM
By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/04/21/ph-russia-defense-cooperation-will-be-in-the-form-of-training-esperon/

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Friday (April 21) said that the defense cooperation between the Philippines and Russia would be in the form of training.

Esperon, in an interview after the President’s visit to the Russian guarded missile cruiser Varyag, said details about the said cooperation will be finalized during President Duterte’s visit to Moscow next month.

President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Russian warship vessel Varyag at Pier 15 in Manila on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Credits: Jansen Romero | Manila Bulletin)
President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Russian warship vessel Varyag at Pier 15 in Manila on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Credits: Jansen Romero | Manila Bulletin)

“Defense cooperation would come in the form of training. Probably some exchange of information,” he said.

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According to Esperon, Duterte visited the said ship, which is docked in Port Area, Manila, as a sign of good will after the President received an invitation.

“The visit of the president is also a show of good will no more, no less. It’s also our time to extend an invitation for them to come again. Which he did,” he said.

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From: https://www.facebook.com/CNNPhilippines/posts/1914731552100068

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From: http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/04/21/17/watch-russian-navy-officials-do-duterte-pose

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Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: Ayoshi on May 25, 2017, 04:51:47 AM
Duterte asks Putin for weapons vs terrorists in PH | Interaksyon (http://www.interaksyon.com/duterte-asks-putin-for-weapons-vs-terrorists-in-ph/) - May 24, 2017
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Putin was not in Moscow on Tuesday but decided to return to Kremlin to meet President Duterte before his trip back to Manila.

“As you probably know, I spent this day away from Moscow in one of our regions. And that I have seized the chance to see you in person,” Putin said.

“My colleagues and myself definitely understand quite well that you do have to come back to return to your motherland,” he added.

The Russian leader also expressed his sympathy to those affected by the terrorist attack in Marawi City.

“And let me express hope that the conflict that you have just mentioned will be resolved as soon as possible and with minimal losses and casualties,” Putin said.

He also assured that the full package of bilateral documents will be signed, including the package on defense cooperation.

‘Soft loan for arms’: Duterte meets Putin, says Philippines needs modern weapons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdPONbSsz34
Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: adroth on May 26, 2017, 04:40:28 AM
DND mulls purchase of Russian weaponry
 May 25, 2017

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/990910

MANILA, May 25 — The Philippines is planning to acquire weapons, including advanced diesel-electric submarines from Russia

This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in an interview on PNA Exclusive in Moscow, Russia around 2 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m., Manila time).

"Yes, we have plans to purchase weapons from them. They have also very sophisticated and advanced weaponry. We will look into them, we have not decided what equipment but off the bat, we are looking, we would like to develop our submarine force so we will look into their submarines one of these days," he added.

Lorenzana was with President Rodrigo Duterte on his official trip to Russia which was cut short by the ongoing clash between government forces and Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur.

"If we can buy submarines or if they are affordable for us, or if the Philippine Navy would be willing to go there because we will give it to the Navy to decide what kind of submarine they would like to purchase. That is one of the plans that the PN (wants) is to develop some submarine capabilities," the DND chief pointed out.

And when asked on where these vessels will be based, Lorenzana said that they are looking into that detail.

"We will look into that. We don’t have any submarine base yet in the Philippines but if we will purchase already then we have to develop a submarine base to keep those submarines safe," Lorenzana pointed out.

Another Russian-made weapon being looked by the Philippines is sniper rifles and precision-guided munitions which can be used for the country's brand-new FA-50 "Fighting Eagle" jet aircraft and AW-109 attack helicopters.

"So one of the things that we are considering is the sniper rifles of the Russians, they have very good sniper rifles. They also have very good precision-guided munition that we can use with our FA-50s, and our attack helicopters. Those are the items. But we have to see more because sometime this year, there will be this defense exhibition that they are going to hold here and we will send some people to look into it," the DND chief added. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)
Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: Ayoshi on May 26, 2017, 03:56:38 PM
PH plans to invite Russian weapon manufacturers to set up shop in Bataan | interaksyon (http://www.interaksyon.com/ph-plans-to-invite-russian-weapon-manufacturers-to-set-up-shop-in-bataan/) - May 26, 2017
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“That’s one of the plans because we are converting the area of the Government Arsenal in Limay, Bataan, which consists of 300 hectares and we are trying to develop that,” Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told Philippine News Agency in a recent interview.

“There is now a bill in Congress, they have already been deliberating it to convert that it into a defense manufacturing complex that will involve other locators from other countries,” added Lorenzana.

The Government Arsenal is an agency under the DND responsible for the production of basic weaponry and ammunition for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police, among other law enforcement agencies. It is also into the sale and export of products in excess of military and police requirements.

The DND chief said that if Russian manufacturers “can see that they can make a little profit” in Limay, they then could make it a stepping stone to go into Southeast Asia to also cater to the nine other ASEAN nations.”

“That’s why they’re very interested to deal with us through military relationship so that they can have this road into the ASEAN,” added Lorenzana.
Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: LionFlyer on May 26, 2017, 10:13:51 PM
For sniper rifles, this is the only one that makes sense IMO.

http://modernfirearms.net/sniper/sniper-rifles/rus/sniper-rifles-orsis-t-5000-e.html
http://en.orsis.com/production/catalog/19046/
Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: Ayoshi on September 12, 2017, 06:22:14 PM
PHL may source military equipment from Russia —Trade chief | GMA news (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/economy/625432/phl-may-source-military-equipment-from-russia-trade-chief/story/) - September 11, 201
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The Philippines may soon source military equipment from Russia given the improved trading relations between the two countries, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced Monday.

"We will look into how we can have a cooperation in the field of how we can supply 'yung mga military equipment. Russia is recognized to be good suppliers of that," Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez told reporters in Pasay City.

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credit to raider1011 @ PDFF for the source

From: dfa.gov.ph (https://www.dfa.gov.ph/newsroom/news-from-our-foreign-service-postsupdate/13825-dnd-afp-delegation-in-moscow-for-army-2017-arms-talks)

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Left Photo: Defense Undersecretary Raymundo DV Elefante (left) is welcomed by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin to the International Military and Technical Forum or “Army 2017” in Moscow. Right Photo: The Philippine Delegation composed of officials from the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines examining Russian military equipment at Army 2017.  Photo by L. Camoying.
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The Philippine Delegation led by Defense Undersecretary Raymundo DV Elefante (right) holding talks with Rosoboron export officials on the possibility of procuring military equipment from Russia. Photo by J. Valdez.


Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: Ayoshi on September 30, 2017, 02:27:35 PM
From: dfa.gov.ph (https://dfa.gov.ph/newsroom/news-from-our-foreign-service-postsupdate/14079-ph-army-sends-observer-delegation-to-the-2017-russia-belarus-military-exercise-zapad-2017) - 26 September 2017
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PH Army Sends Observer Delegation to the 2017 Russia-Belarus Military Exercise “Zapad-2017”

This was the first time that the Philippine Army observed a military exercise in Russia in 41 years of Philippines-Russia relations.

“The Philippine Army’s participation as observer in Zapad-2017 was an excellent opportunity for to see the Russian Armed Forces’ combat capabilities and military hardware in action. This is just the beginning of what we expect to be a robust army-to-army engagement in the years to come,” Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos D. Sorreta commented.

Zapad is a regular exercise conducted every four years. This year’s edition ran from September 14 to 20 in various testing grounds in Russia’s Western Military District and in Belarus. The overall objective is to enhance combat readiness and interoperability of the Russian and Belarusian Armed Forces.
Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: adroth on October 12, 2017, 03:11:36 PM
Duterte: Russia to donate firearms, military trucks to PH
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Oct 11 2017 07:32 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/11/17/duterte-russia-to-donate-firearms-military-trucks-to-ph

SAN MIGUEL, Bulacan - Russia is set to give the Philippines brand new firearms to boost the military arsenal, President Rodrigo Duterte bared Wednesday in yet another indication of warming ties between Manila and Moscow.

Duterte said the Russian government had wanted to keep the donation under wraps, but he announced it nonetheless saying the public would eventually know about it.

“We expect the arms to come in. It’s useless in keeping it a secret. If they dock the ships there, magtatanong talaga iyan kung ano ang dinidiskarga,” Duterte said in a speech during the groundbreaking of a military housing site here.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Russian donation, set to arrive on Oct. 22, is composed of 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles with about a million rounds of ammunition, and 20 military trucks.

“Hindi pa natin alam ang worth pero substantial na bigay iyan. Grant iyan, at no cost. Gusto tumulong ng Russia to fight terrorism kasi sila din is also fighting terrorism sa bansa nila,” Lorenzana told reporters.

Lorenzana said Moscow would hand over the donation without conditions.

The defense chief added that while the Philippines and Russia have yet to enter a defense cooperation agreement, Moscow is willing to accept small military contingents from Manila to observe Russian military exercises.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Russia seeks military cooperation not alliances
Post by: Ayoshi on October 25, 2017, 02:34:33 PM
Russia hands over 5,000 assault rifles, trucks, helmets to Duterte | Inquirer.net (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/161144/break-news-russia-rodrigo-duterte-military-kalashnikov) - October 25, 2017
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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday received thousands of assault rifles, 20 military trucks, bullets and helmets donated by the Russian government to the Philippines, which would be used in the country’s fight against terrorism.

Duterte, together with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, toured the Russian anti-submarine ship Pantaleev docked at the port of Manila. The President witnessed the signing of certificate of turnover of military equipment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Military equipment donated by Russia included 5,000 AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles, one-million rounds of ammunition, 20 army trucks, and 5,000 steel helmets.

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President Rodrigo Duterte (center) inspects one of the 5,000 AK-74 assault rifles donated by Russia to the Philippine military. Duterte formally received the military donation that included one-million bullets, 20 military trucks and 5,000 helmets in Manila on Oct. 25, 2017. Nestor Corrales
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Russian AK-74M assault rifles are arranged on a table prior to the formal turnover to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Russian military donation on Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, 2017. Inquirer.net / Nestor Corrales
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Multipurpose trucks donated by Russia to the Philippines are parked on the dock prior to the turnover to President Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, 2017. Nestor Corrales
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Post by: Ayoshi on October 25, 2017, 02:38:55 PM
Russia and Philippines sign contract for delivery of grenade launchers | TASS (http://tass.com/defense/972228) - October 24, 12:25
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Clark /Philippines/, October 24. /TASS/. Moscow and Manila have signed a contract for the delivery of the Russian-made RPG-7B grenade launchers and ammunition to the Philippines.

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RPG-7 grenade launcher © Yuri Smityuk/TASS
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Post by: girder on October 26, 2017, 06:44:21 PM
News articles are reporting AK-74s, but those look like AKMs from the angled muzzle brakes, lack of lightening cuts on the stock, and the curve on the magazines.

If I were to guess these will likely be transferred to the PNP like the Norinco CQs that China donated.
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Post by: adroth on November 09, 2017, 05:00:24 PM
Duterte arrives in Vietnam for APEC, third meeting with Putin
Published November 8, 2017 8:27pm
By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/632426/duterte-arrives-in-vietnam-for-apec-third-meeting-with-putin/story/

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday arrived in Vietnam to participate in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

Duterte is also scheduled to have bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

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This will be the first time that Duterte will meet Trump in person.

According to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Manuel Teehankee, Duterte also has a proposed bilateral meeting with Xi.

Duterte's meeting with Putin will be the third between them. The first ones were in Peru and in Russia.

“I anticipate a highly productive meeting, and I look forward to exchanging ideas with my fellow leaders and old friends on how we can strengthen relationships to sustain the economic vigor of the Asia Pacific region,” Duterte said in his pre-departure statement.

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Post by: adroth on November 17, 2017, 05:27:06 PM
Duterte ready to expand trade with Russia
By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 15, 2017 - 12:00am

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/11/15/1759058/duterte-ready-expand-trade-russia

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has expressed the Philippines’ willingness to expand relations with Russia, particularly trade, during his bilateral meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

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During his talks with Medvedev, Duterte said the Philippine government intends to set up a place in Moscow where Filipinos can showcase their products.
“We have started an improvement of our friendship and the plan (is to) increase our trade, expand it and I know that your country is seriously considering all of these things and we are happy that we can find a new market in the Euro, Eurasian front,” Duterte said in his opening remarks during the bilateral meeting.

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Cooperation vs terrorism

Medvedev also said Russia is willing to boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and to supply more weapons to the Philippines in order to maintain peace and order.

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Last month, Russia donated 5,000 units of AK-74M Kalashnikov assault rifles and one million units 1943-type cartridges with steel core bullets to the Philippines.

“We were able to use the rifles and the arms that you gave us on time,” Duterte said.

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Post by: adroth on July 23, 2018, 09:20:42 AM
Russia-PHL arms deal to proceed, says DND spokesman
Published July 19, 2018 5:35pm
By MARLLY ROME BONDOC, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/661079/russia-phl-arms-deal-to-proceed-says-dnd-spokesman/story/

The Department of National Defense on Thursday said the purchase of arms from a supposedly blacklisted Russian firm would proceed as planned amid possible risks of breaching sanctions imposed by the United States.

DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said that they have "not seen or received a copy or notice" of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which was signed into law in 2017.

"In keeping with the President's guidance and his independent foreign policy, we are not limiting our sources to only a few countries in order to allow us to acquire the best technology allowed by our budget," Andolong said in a text message to GMA News Online.

"Notwithstanding the potential issues that may arise from CAATSA, our Modernization Program remains on track," he added.

An earlier Reuters report said that Manila had agreed in October last year to a P400 million ($7.48 million)  worth of 750 RPG-7B rocket propelled grenade launchers from Russia's state-owned Rosoboronexport, but the transfer has yet to be completed.

However, US President Donald Trump, who sought better ties with Moscow, reluctantly signed in August last year the law that imposes sanctions against any country trading with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.

The law is designed to punish Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014, support for Syria's government, and alleged meddling in the US presidential election in 2016.

Asked on whether this would affect the arms deal of Philippines with Russia, Andolong said: "Wala, kasi the transaction is between the Philippine government and the Russian government."

"Hypothetical, they can call our attention, they can impose sanctions, kasi we have a standing agreement with them. So these are possible implications but ayaw pa namin mag-speculate kasi hindi pa nag-uusap ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas tsaka ng US tungkol dito sa CAATSA," Andolong said in a phone interview.

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Post by: adroth on August 25, 2018, 01:26:46 PM
From: https://www.facebook.com/tvpatrol.abscbn/videos/2173076496295924/

EXCLUSIVE: Nasa Russia si Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana para tumingin ng mga sasakyang pangmilitar na puwedeng bilhin ng gobyerno. Pero nagbabala agad ang isang U.S. defense official na hindi makakatulong ang pagbili ng Pilipinas sa Russia sa alyansa ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos.

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Post by: adroth on September 07, 2018, 12:53:50 PM
Administrator's note: Eventually, this will be merged with the BRP Tarlac's own thread. But for now . . .

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PN readies BRP Tarlac for first port call to Russia
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 6, 2018, 1:04 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1047136

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) is currently preparing BRP Tarlac (LD-601), one of the two strategic sealift vessels in its fleet, for its first ever port visit to Vladivostok, Russia.

The ship is set to leave on Sept. 17, PN spokesperson Commodore Jonathan Zata told the Philippine News Agency Thursday.

Preparations for the ship's port visit to Russia include stocking of provisions like fuel, oil, lubricants and sundries needed for the voyage.

BRP Tarlac will sail alone and Zata said the voyage from the Philippines to Vladivostok, Russia will take "eight to 10 days."

He added that BRP Tarlac's port visit will last five days.

The scheduled PN port call is in reciprocation of the visit of Russian warships in Manila last June and those of last year, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said.

The Tarlac-class SSVs are the largest PN ships in service as of this posting.

These vessels have an overall length of 120 meters, breadth of 21 meters, and draft of five meters and can carry a payload of 2,800 tons.

Both have a cruising speed of 13 knots and maximum speed of 16 knots and a minimum operating range of 7,500 nautical miles.

The SSVs can carry 500 troops, two rigid-hull inflatable boats, two landing craft units and three helicopters. (PNA)
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Post by: adroth on December 14, 2018, 02:15:52 PM
PH fishery products can now enter Russia
December 11, 2018, 6:57 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1056392

MOSCOW – Philippine fishery products can now enter the Russian market after the conclusion of talks between agriculture officials from the Philippines and Russia on December 5, 2018 in Moscow.

Agriculture Undersecretary Waldo R. Carpio said that three Philippine fisheries exporters have been granted accreditation to export fisheries products to Russia. The announcement was made following the first-ever Philippines-Russia Joint Working Group Meeting on Agricultural Cooperation held in Moscow on December 5.

The Joint Working Group meeting is a direct result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and his counterpart, then Minister of Agriculture Aleksandr Tkachov, during the landmark visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Moscow in May 2017.

“We give credit to the President’s policy of engaging Russia and other non-traditional partners for opening access to a very important market for our fisheries exports,” said Undersecretary Carpio. “We look forward to continuing and expanding this symbiotic relationship between the Philippines and Russia,” he added.

Bigfish Foods (canned fish), Century Pacific Food (canned fish), and RDEX Food International (fresh/frozen/chilled fish) have been cleared to export their products to the Russian market after undergoing stringent inspections by the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.

The same companies may now also export to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan under the Eurasian Economic Union single market.

Undersecretary Carpio led a delegation composed of Dr. Maria Araceli Escandor and Kristine Yap of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Dr. Imelda Santos of the Bureau of Animal Industry, Dr. Dennis Tiotangco of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Dr. Paulo Silarde of the National Meat Inspection Service.

They were joined by Second Secretary and Consul Jeffrey Valdez, Third Secretary and Vice Consul Catherine Alpay, and Cultural Officer Vida Cara of the Philippine Embassy in Moscow, Commercial Counsellor Kristine Umali, and Agricultural Attaché Jose Laquian.

While in Russia, Undersecretary Carpio and his delegation will also have meetings in Moscow and St. Petersburg with several potential importers of Philippine fishery products.

From Russia, the DA team will proceed to Minsk in Belarus to meet with their counterparts to discuss technical cooperation and also meet with potential importers. (DFA PR)
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Post by: adroth on February 01, 2019, 02:58:28 PM
Russia renews vow to boost defense cooperation with PH
RUTH ABBEY GITA
February 1, 2019

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1785575/Manila/Local-News/Russia-renews-vow-to-boost-defense-cooperation-with-Philippines

RUSSIA, one of the powerful nations deemed as the Philippines's "friend" by President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed its commitment to bolster its defense cooperation with Manila, following the twin explosions that rocked Jolo, Sulu.

Moscow made the reaffirmation during Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev's courtesy call on Duterte at Malacañan Palace on Thursday, January 31, according to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

"The Russian Ambassador reiterated their condolences for the deaths caused by the twin explosions in Jolo and condemned the incident while reaffirming their country's commitment to help our nation combat terrorism," the Palace official said in a statement issued on Thursday night.

"Russian Ambassador Khovaev likewise renewed Russia’s commitment to strengthen their cooperation to help our national defense and significantly improve its capabilities," he added.

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