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Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:58:03 PM »
M113 APCs and AH-1F Cobras donated by Jordan to the Philippines | Army Recognition - 24 April 2018
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Filipino President Duterte has announced that the Kingdom of Jordan was donating dozens of M113 APCs and two Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippine government. The latter would just pay for the repair and refurbishing done through the Jordanian Armed Forces, plus paying for the shipping of the armored vehicles to the Philippines.

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The possible delivery of two Cobra helicopters was already mentioned in July 2017. The initial info is that the Kingdom of Jordan offered to donate four used Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines, and Philippine Air Force officers/technical team and defense officials were able to check out the Cobras in Jordan last June 2017. The figure has been reduced to two, not losing hope to get back to four.

It is still for clarification if the Jordanian AH-1F Cobras being offered are among those new builds they obtained in the late 1980s from the US, or ex-US Army units transferred in 2001. While Jordan received former Israeli AH-1F Tzefas a few years ago, it is highly unlikely that the units offered to the Philippines are from this batch of helicopters from Israel. The Philippines is also not the first country to receive AH-1F Cobras as donation from Jordan. Earlier this year Kenya was reported to have received at least one and probably more AH-1F Cobras from Jordan.

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Sources have revealed that the King of Jordan has reportedly offered a 4-ship donation of AH-1 Cobra gunships to the AFP. It remains to be seen which type we will be receiving from the Jordanian AF, but it could be the ex-US Army F models they received in the 90s.

We would be the 3rd owner, but given Jordan adequately funds their armed forces and has ties with Israel that even facilitated donation of 15 or more AH-1S Tsefa helicopters, we would be in a good place with the donation.



Some of Jordan's AH-1 Cobras are being donated to Kenya. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)
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Jordanian M113 APCs (Picture source : Facebook/Jordanian army)

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 06:10:19 PM »
Duterte: Jordan giving 2 attack helicopters | GMA news - May 22, 201
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President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday Jordan will give two Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines even after he lambasted a member of the Middle Eastern nation's royal family who urged him to seek psychiatric help.

"Jordan is giving us two Cobra helicopters. Those things we cannot really afford maybe in my term," Duterte said in a speech during the 120th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Navy.

Duterte admitted he was advised by his National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. not to curse United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein because the Philippines was in the process of acquiring the attack helicopters.

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2018, 04:22:37 AM »
http://www.janes.com/article/80285/philippines-to-receive-cobra-helos-from-jordan

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Philippines to receive Cobra helos from Jordan
Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
24 May 2018

The Philippines is to receive two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated from Jordan, national media reported on 22 May.

The procurement was announced by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, but no further details were provided.

Jordan currently fields 27 AH-1E/F Cobra helicopters, including 16 that in 2014 were donated to the country by Israel. Of these 27, 12 (presumably the donated Israeli platforms) are being upgraded for continued use by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Of the remaining 15 Cobras, at least three are known to have been donated to Kenya, with two now to be transferred to the Philippines.

Although a relatively old helicopter by today's standards, the 1970s-era AH-1E/F Cobra is still a highly potent attack platform. Designed specifically for the ground-attack role, it is equipped with a chin-mounted three-barreled M197 20 mm Gatling gun, and carries unguided 70 mm rockets or BGM-71A tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) air-to-surface missiles, and the two crew members sit in an armoured cockpit.

Having already proved itself on battlefields around the world, including throughout the Middle East, the Cobra should provide a welcome boost to the Philippines’ combat capabilities.

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 03:17:55 PM »
From: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180522-Speech_of_President_Rodrigo_Roa_Duterte_during_the_120th_Philippine_Navy_Anniversary.pdf

"But in my table before I left, that‟s why I was late because I was reviewing it. Jordan is giving us two Cobra helicopters. Those things that we cannot really afford. Maybe in my term pagkatapos... [applause]


He was the one who worked for it. He is now there in Jordan and I got this electronic copy for his authority to accept it. And to Jordan, which faces the same problem like the Philippines, it‟s terrorism"

- Duterte

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2018, 06:52:07 AM »
Video from the 120th PN anniversary

From: https://www.facebook.com/PTVph/videos/2147378628656129/

« Last Edit: May 27, 2018, 06:56:23 AM by adroth »

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2018, 09:02:36 PM »
Jordan to donate 2 Cobra helicopters to PH
Published September 6, 2018, 7:32 PM, By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

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The confirmation about the donation came after the Philippines and Jordan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation between the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army and the Department of National Defense of the Philippines.

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the Jordanian government will also donate to the Philippines mortars, rifles, rocket-propelled grenades.
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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2018, 06:22:01 AM »
PH to get 2 Cobra helicopters from Jordan
By Jelly Musico  September 6, 2018, 10:33 pm

MANILA – Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher "Bong" Go on Thursday said the Philippines will get two Cobra helicopters from Jordan.

Go relayed this information to Palace reporters through text message, saying the second-hand helicopters will be delivered in July next year after the training of the Filipino pilots.

Go made the confirmation as the Philippines’s Department of National Defense (DND) and the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation.

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, signed the MOU on Thursday during the three-day official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte in Jordan.

The defense cooperation MOU was just one of the five agreements signed between the Philippines and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The four others include:

* MOU on political consultations signed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan Mr. Ayman Safadi and the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano;

* Agreement between the Jordan Maritime Commission and the Maritime Industry Authority of the Philippines concerning the Recognition of Certifies under the Terms of the 1978 STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) Convention. Salah Ali Abu Afifeh, director general of the Jordan Maritime Commission and Ambassador of the Philippines to Jordan Akhmad Atlah Sakkam signed the deal;

* Cooperation Framework for Employment of Domestic Workers and MOU on Labor Cooperation signed by Minister of Labour Samir Murad and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III; and

* MOU between the Jordan Investment Commission and the Board of Investments-Philippines signed by Minister of State for Investment Affairs Mr. Muhannad Shehadeh and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez. (PNA)
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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2018, 03:33:33 PM »
DND thanks Jordan for chopper donation
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 7, 2018, 3:25 pm

MANILA -- The Department of National Defense (DND) thanked the Jordanian government for the two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters it gave to the Philippines, noting these will be a big help in the military's ongoing campaign against internal security threats.

"The DND thanks the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for supporting the ongoing capability upgrade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines," Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Friday.

"The Cobra helicopters, in particular, will help in the AFP's ongoing campaign against terrorism and violent extremism," Andolong said.

The Bell AH-1 Cobra is a two-blade, single-engine attack helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter.

It was developed using the engine, transmission and rotor system of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois.

A member of the prolific Huey family, the AH-1 is also referred to as the Huey Cobra or Snake.

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher "Bong" Go said Thursday the Philippines will get two Cobra helicopters from Jordan.

The helicopters will be delivered in July next year after the training of Filipino pilots.

Go made the confirmation as the DND and the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, signed the MOU on Thursday during the three-day official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Jordan. (PNA)
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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2018, 02:20:54 AM »
What’s Behind the New Jordan-Philippines Attack Helicopter Deal? | The Diplomat - September 10, 2018

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From September 5 to 7, Rodrigo Duterte paid the first visit by a sitting Philippine president to Jordan. While the trip was part of a broader voyage to the Middle East and both sides addressed a range of issues during the visit, defense ties was one of the key talking points, with headlines focused around Jordan’s expected transfer of attack helicopters to the Philippines.

While the Philippines and Jordan have had a diplomatic relationship since 1976, ties have remained largely underdeveloped and often consumed by challenges such as the management of Philippine domestic workers in the Middle Eastern country. Within that context, the defense side of the relationship has remained below its potential as well, despite growing convergence on issues such as counterterrorism.

Duterte’s visit to Jordan, which came following a trip to Israel, put a spotlight on the defense side of the relationship. While both countries discussed a range of political, economic, and people-to-people issues, defense matters were top of the list as well: both leaders unsurprisingly placed attention on the shared threat of terrorism, and one of the main agreements both sides inked during Duterte’s visit was a new memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation between the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) and the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army.

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And though it is still unclear what the Philippines will be paying for in the transfer of the helicopters – in terms of things such as shipping and refurbishment costs – it could potentially free up some money for Manila to pursue other line items in the shopping list it has for its broader military modernization process.

https://thediplomat.com/2018/09/whats-behind-the-new-jordan-philippines-attack-helicopter-deal/

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2019, 04:15:31 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1076442

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PAF crew in Jordan for 'Cobra' helicopter training
July 30, 2019, 2:51 pm

MANILA -- Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopter pilots and crews have been sent to Jordan to begin their familiarization training on the two AH-1 "Cobra" attack helicopters donated by the Jordanian government.

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In September last year, the Department of National Defense and the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation.


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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2019, 11:41:50 AM »
PH sees delay in delivery of 2 Cobra choppers from Jordan
By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net / 09:37 AM September 03, 2019

MANILA, Phillippines — The delivery of two Cobra attack helicopters from Jordan could be delayed by a few months, the Philippine Air Force said.

Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez said the attack helicopters, originally set to arrive in the Philippines in September, could be delivered early next year, adding that the training of its pilots is still underway.

“Maybe early next year because the training is ongoing,” Briguez said. “However, both Jordan and the Philippines are doing their best to hasten the process.”

The Jordanian government pledged last year to donate two US-built Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopters, and President Rodrigo Duterte had mentioned this in some of his speeches.

In April, Duterte said Jordan might give more attack helicopters aside from the first two.

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2019, 11:19:28 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1082762

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PAF looking for parts supplier of attack helicopters
October 10, 2019, 11:00 am

The PHP45.71 million budget is ready for the Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the Parts Replacement Program Phase 1 (PRP1) of the AH-IS Night Targeting System (NTS) of the Cobra Attack Helicopters, per the bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System.

The pre-bid conference is slated on October 15 at 10 a.m. at the PAF Procurement Center Conference Room in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City. The deadline for bid submission and the opening is on October 28 at 9:15 a.m. at the same venue.

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The two Jordanian-donated aircraft are expected to arrive next year as the pilots and crews selected to man the aircraft are still undergoing training.

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2019, 05:46:58 AM »
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1083654

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PAF pilots to get more training on 'Cobra' choppers from Jordan
October 19, 2019, 4:11 pm

The other two, expected to complete their basic training soon, are expected to return to the country soon to help with the arrival of the two "Cobra" attack helicopters which are expected in the Philippines early in 2020, Briguez said.

"Test pilots are needed to help fix the aircraft (if there are technical problems) while instructor pilots are needed to train additional pilots to man (the 'Cobra' attack helicopters)," Briguez said in Filipino.

Additional training for these pilots who became IPs and TPs are expected to last until December, he added.

By the first quarter of 2020, the "Cobras" and these pilots will return to the Philippines.

Briguez said this is the first time that the PAF will be using the "Cobra" in service.

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Re: Jordan to transfer AH-1F Cobras & M113 APCs to PHL ?
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2019, 12:45:12 PM »
Cobras already in-country, bring assembled by PAF with assistance