2013: What’s happening with the AFP modernization program

TweetNote: This article is also available on the Timawa.net forum on the long-standing “What’s happening with the AFP modernization program” thread. In comparison with the past two years, 2013 was significantly muted from a modernization perspective. Many of the acquisitions that had been announced in previous years have either been delayed, fell through, or have …

GUNNEX for Oto Melara ships

TweetThe Philippine Navy scheduled two separate gunnery exercises (GUNNEX) for ships armed with Oto Melara 76mm guns. As per Notice to Mariners (NOTAM) 072-2013, BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35) will conduct an exercise, explicitly for its main weapon, on 24 July 2013 off La Monja Island in Bataan. NOTAM 074-2013, on the other hand, announced a …

Defense related items in the SONA 2013 technical report

TweetThe following is a defense-centric excerpt from the SONA technical report. Interestingly, most of the projects listed below were actually either initiated or awarded during the previous administration. Parallel to the peaceful pursuit of it territorial disputes, the government prioritized the building of a minimum credible defense posture for the country through the AFP Modernization …

The countertrade option

TweetSomething I put together for a thread on PinoyExchange http://pinoyexchange.com/forums/showpost.php?p=32375719&postcount=232 The AFP’s priority is to acquire whatever capabilities it can in the soonest possible time. Given a choice between using imported technology that is available now, or waiting for indigenous solutions to mature . . . naturally they will go with what is already available. …

2012: What’s happening in the AFP capability upgrade program?

TweetIf 2011 was the modernization year of the Philippine Navy, the year 2012 was a more balanced period with significant acquisitions for all services. The following table shows some of the projects completed for each service. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of all acquisitions that occurred in the past year, and omits …

The Philippine Navy’s 15-year development plan

TweetLt. Commander Nerelito Martinez, Philippine Fleet acting chief of staff for plans and programs, revealed details about the Philippine Navy’s 15-year strategic development plan dubbed “Philippine Fleet Desired Force Mix”, in a recent Philippine Fleet publication. Several news organs, as the Philippine Star, have since referenced his article their articles on the subject. The plan …

Modernization: The funding is there

TweetPhilippine military-oriented social media groups, from Facebook to Timawa.net are buzzing with talk about raising funds to help the AFP Modernization program. The Department of National Defense is reportedly even investigating a suspected scam involving individuals who are supposedly raising funds for the acquisition of equipment from concerned, but naive, Filipino nationals. But the sad …

Update: CUP Phase 2 projects

TweetThe Philippine Star published the following figures and delivery dates for the indicated CUP Phase 2 projects. An older PIA article, however, stated that the total number of rocket launchers was “335” Project Quantity Value Expected delivery date Multi-purpose rocket launcher 335 P37,440,000.00 October 2012 81mm mortar with ammunition 100 units w/ 2,000 rounds P190,320,000.00 …

JSOTF-P construction project in Camp Basilio Navarro, Zamboanga

TweetFedBizOpps.com, US government equivalent to PhilGEPS, published a bid invitation to repave a road within Camp General Basilio Navarro in Zamboanga City, headquarters of Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NAVFORWEM). The Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF) – Philippines is facilitating the project. Details are available at the following link. Excerpts from the invitation Repave Naval Station …