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PH Navy eyes 15 more Israeli-made missile boats
Priam Nepomuceno
November 28, 2022, 12:50 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN) is planning to acquire at least 15 more Israel-made Shaldag Mark V missile boats, which are the basis of its Acero-class patrol gunboats.

"We are planning to get 15 additional 'Acero'-class gunboats (to augment the) nine (now on the pipeline)," Navy chief Rear Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr. told reporters on the sidelines of the commissioning and send-off ceremony for the fast attack interdiction craft missiles (FAIC-Ms) BRP Nestor Acero (PG-901) and BRP Lolinato To-Ong (PG-902) Monday.

Adaci said the additional "Acero"-class gunboats would help them to meet their requirements in "patrolling the seas of the country".

He also said the FAIC-Ms will be assigned to the Littoral Combat Force.

He said four more FAIC-Ms, the other name of the "Acero" class in the PN service, will be delivered sometime in 2023.

"I don't know the exact delivery dates next year but this shall be throughout (next year)," the PN chief added.

The last batch of three, which will be built at the PN shipyard in the Naval Station Pascual Ledesma in Cavite, is scheduled for 2024.

Adaci said Israel Shipyard Limited will help the PN rehabilitate the old shipyard and make it more modern and allow it to build these types of ships.

"In that way, our people can learn how to do it, maintain these ‘Acero’ class boats and that will be the start of the transfer of technology," he said.

Philippine Navy Receives Submarine Training From France’s DCI Group
Xavier Vavasseur 04 Nov 2022
The Philippine Navy is aiming at creating a submarine force. They are considering proposal from both France’s Naval Group and South Korea’s DSME. Naval News understands that the submarine training provided by DCI Group is generic and platform agnostic but bring “French operational expertise” because DCI instructors are experts retired from the French Navy.

Quote from: DCI Group statement
Today, DCI provides consulting and training to the Philippine Navy as they build their submarine force. Initial assistance services on the operational deployment of submarines and organizing a submarine force began in 2019 and are ongoing in Brest, France. DCI is the only global player with a proven international record of accomplishment in submarine capability building and benefiting from the “French label”.


Since the 2000s, DCI has supported submarine forces in many Asian and Latin American countries with its comprehensive capability-building offer.

DCI has trained more than 1,500 foreign officers and submariners in its naval branch, NAVFCO, in France and abroad. DCI uses modern simulation tools to train submariners across all specialties: submarine operations and conduct, platform health and safety, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), communications, electronic warfare, maintenance and logistics, etc.

DCI experts support partner submarine forces through onshore (training centers) and at sea (on their own submarines) training so their crews can train individually, in teams, and as full crew. This incremental approach allows trainees to acquire skills progressively as they work toward a complete mastery of new platforms in what are extremely complex operational environments and scenarios. In total, DCI has trained seven Scorpène crews in France or in client countries: Chile (2002-2005), Malaysia (2004-2019), India (2016-2018), and Brazil (2018-present).

In addition to operational training, DCI provides consulting services to countries seeking to create a submarine force: organizing a submarine force, assistance with contracting and project management, developing enduring human resources policies and targeted logistics, strengthening of training centers with experienced instructors and modern simulators (like in Malaysia).

Of note:

Wescom spokesperson Major Cherryl Tindog said the unidentified object was similar to the metal debris found in Busuanga, Palawan weeks ago.

Authorities suspected that the debris was from a recent Chinese rocket launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on Hainan Island.

General Discussion / Re: Radar for PAF SPYDER
« on: November 11, 2022, 08:35:58 PM »
Certainly a brand new configuration compared to previous iterations of the SPYDER which had the ELM-2106 ATAR or the much larger ELM-2084 for the long range version of the system.

Somewhat similar to the radar array found on Rafael's new all-in-one SPYDER configuration.


PBBM attends the acceptance, turn-over, and blessing ceremony of the GBADS and C295 medium...

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. attends the acceptance, turn-over, and blessing ceremony of the ground-based air defense system (GBADS) and C295 medium lift aircraft in Pampanga | Nov. 8, 2022


The October 29 attack on the Russian Navy in Sevastopol is historically significant. It is a glimpse into the future of naval warfare. Here's what we know about them and why. Unscripted and unedited chat by a defense analyst

China / Re: QBZ-191 Assault Rifle
« on: October 31, 2022, 04:53:48 PM »

Elon Musk's plan to turn Twitter into a super app is a step closer now that he owns the platform

Elon Musk has finally closed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, leaving employees and users wondering what he plans to do with the social-media platform.

Although reports vary about Musk's full intentions, the billionaire has made repeated claims that the acquisition would play a part in the creation of a super app, or what he has also referred to as an "everything app."

He plans for the app to be named X, as discussed in a tweet earlier this month, which said: "Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app."

X wouldn't be the first app trying to cover a bit of everything. In fact, Musk indicated in May that he might look for inspiration from Tencent's WeChat, a Chinese social-media juggernaut that's one of the world's biggest super apps.

WeChat acts as an all-encompassing service, which provides video chatting, games, photo sharing, ride sharing, food delivery, banking, and shopping, among other things.

Super apps of this kind have yet to catch on in the US but Musk has hinted that he may be planning to create the first one.

For reference, the super-app most familiar to people here in the Philippines would be Grab.

Though I have serious doubts about the prospect of being able to pivot Twitter into a similar service, not the least of which because Twitter itself has a somewhat dubious business model to start with.

An ideal starting point would be a fintech service like PayPal or GCash, or something that already has commercial transactions built in.

For reference, the two new cables are Apricot and Bifrost.


United States

• Clarified lifetime of debris from Delta 180 test (1-2)
• Russian reports of X-37B secretly deploying another small object (1-4)
• Added details about the US PAN satellite moving in the GEO belt (1-6)
• Added launched of the third pair of GSSAP inspection satellites to GEO (1-6)
• Added details of GSSAP close approach to a pair of Chinese GEO satellites in August 2020 and a different pair in January 2022 (1-6)
• Added details on the historical NOTSNIK, Satellite Interceptor Program (SIP), and HiHo DA-ASAT programs (1-10)
• Added details on the origins of the ASM-135 ASAT program during the Ford and Carter administrations, and report on its potential effectiveness against various Soviet satellites (1-13)
• Added Chinese claims that the United States interfered with GPS during one of its missile exercises in 1996, helping create the impetus for today’s BeiDou system (1-17)
• Added new L3Harris contract to provide upgraded versions of the CCS system for U.S. forces in the United States and overseas (1-19)
• Added details about the historical Counter Surveillance and Reconnaissance System (CSRS), which was a mobile system intended
to dazzle ISR satellites (1-25)
• Added details on the proposed Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) to upgrade existing SSN capabilities to track objects in deep space (1-28)
• Added U.S. Space Force contract with commercial SSA company Numerica (1-28)
• Added announcement of AFRL project Space Object Understanding and Reconnaissance of Complex Events (SOURCE) to improve modeling of cislunar space activities (1-29)
• Added creation of the Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC) as primary warfighting command for USSPACECOM, which will combine the current Joint Task Force-Space Defense (JTF-SD) with the Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) (1-35)
• Added details about the creation of Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC) to develop force design for USSF mission areas (1-35)
• Added details about the creation of the Space Force Intelligence Activity (SFIA) as an interim step towards establishing an eventual National Space Intelligence Center Added statement from the Space Defense Agency that cyber was more of a pressing concern than ASAT attacks (1-36)
• Added USSPACECOM creation of the Joint Cyber Center to focus on cybersecurity defense and cooperation with other U.S. government
agencies (1-36)


• Added details on the historical Almaz military space station program, which included on-board cannons and missiles for self-defense (2-4)
• Added more details about the links between various Cosmos RPO satellites and the Burevestnik co-orbital ASAT program and Nivelir SSA program (2-7)
• Added more details about Luch/Olymp-K activities in GEO, including close approaches of additional foreign satellites (2-12)
• Added details about the Nudol ASAT test in November 2021, which destroyed the Cosmos 1408 satellite and created nearly 1500 pieces of cataloged orbital debris (2-17)
• Added details about a new test of the S-500 air defense/missile defense system and clarified reports of a purported S-505 “counterspace” systems (2-21)
• Added reports of Russian counterspace EW systems deployed to the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine (2-23)
• Added reports of GPS interference in Cyprus linked to Russian military operations in Syria (2-24)
• Added incident of a spoofed AIS location for a U.S. Navy warship showing it transiting near Russian-occupied Crimea when in fact it was tied up in port (2-24)
• Added details on the Tobol counterspace EW system, which may have both offensive and defensive capabilities (2-24)
• Added additional details indicating the Ekipazh system is likely designed for space-based counterspace EW (2-26)
• Added details on the historical laser DEW research program at Sary Shagan (2-27)


• Added the budget cuts to the Russian space program for 2022-2024 (2-37)
• Added reports on runway at Lop Nor (3-4)
• Added testimony from General Dickinson that SJ-17 carries a robotic arm (3-5)
• Added disposal of TJS-3 AKM (3-8)
• Added launch of SJ-21 debris mitigation test satellites and its RPO
and removal of Compass G2 to the GEO graveyard (3-8)
• Added new research on planting explosive devices in a satellite’s engine nozzle (3-9)
• Added U.S. intelligence assessment that China has fielded DA-ASAT capabilities against LEO satellites (3-11)
• Added new research on small, powerful lasers that could be mounted on satellites (3-18)
• Added groundbreaking ceremony for new survey telescope array in Qinghai Province for tracking deep space objects (3-20)
• Added warning from China’s Space Debris Monitoring and Applications Center about a close approach between a piece of debris from the November 2021 Russian ASAT test and a Chinese science satellite (3-20)
• Added assessment from U.S. Department of Defense that the Strategic Support Force is responsible for counterspace R&D (3-23)


• Added more details about the planning and guidance system for the Mission Shakti DA-ASAT test (4-3)


• Added for 2022 (6-1)


• Added new information about the European Union Surveillance and Space Tracking budget in 2020-2022 (7-2)
• Added reports indicating France conducted its first military exercise, “ASTERX,” in space in 2021 (7-4)


• Added indications of a failed space launch in June 2021 and another in December 2021, the latter of which failed to place three small
satellites into orbit (8-2)
• Added reports that the IRGC had tested a solid fueled rocket for the first time in January 2022 (8-2)
• Added increased political emphasis on Iran’s space program by President Raisi, including a new space launch site on Iran’s southeastern coast (8-5)
• Added announcement that Japan is building a second space operations unit that will utilize electromagnetic waves to discern threats to its satellites (9-2)
• Added report pertaining to Japan’s record space budget of nearly $50 billion in 2021 and the similar budget that the Japanese Defense Ministry received in 2022 (9-3)
• Added details about the 2021 agreement signed between the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the U.S. Space Command (9-3)

North Korea

• Added information about the North Korean aerospace sector conference hosted in 2021 by the DPRK (10-5)

South Korea

• Added for 2022 (11-2)
United Kingdom

• Added for 2022 (12-1)

Cyber Capabilities

• Added details on the GhostShell RAT campaign against aerospace and telecommunications companies in the Middle East (13-5)

2022 Executive Summary
2022 Full Report

General Discussion / Re: Helmets save lives
« on: October 28, 2022, 10:33:25 AM »

March 2, 2020 - ARMSCOR led by its Senior Executive President and Deputy CEO, LTC Gina Marie Angangco, GSC PA (RES), attended the presentation and blessing of the newly procured PNP Equipment at the PNP Grandstand, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Highlighted was the turnover of the helmet that saved the life of Patrolman Juvanie Libradilla, member of 1st Bukidnon Provincial Mobile Force Company (1st BPMFC), when their patrol team was ambushed by NPA terrorist group in Talakag, Bukidnon. The Ceradyne helmet which was supplied by ARMSCOR and 3M, protected Patrolman Libradilla from the cal. 7.62mm ammunition which hit his helmet.

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