Defense related items in the SONA 2013 technical report

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The 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

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Something 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.

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

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If 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

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Lt. 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

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Philippine 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 […]

Bid for force protection equipment

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The Bids and Awards Committee of the Department of National Defense issued an Invitation to Bid for a force protection equipment valued at P174M. The opening of bids is scheduled on the 6th of February. Details of the bid appear below.

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Update: CUP Phase 2 projects

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The 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

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FedBizOpps.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 […]

Requirements for 2nd-hand equipment

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To protect the AFP against accepting unsupportable surplus equipment, Administrative Order 169, series of 2007 stipulated the following acceptance criteria.

3.2.3. Used equipment or weapons system may be acquired, provided that:

a. The used equipment: or weapon system meets the desired operational requirements of the AFP;

b. It still has at least fifteen (15) years service […]

Preparing for F-16s: “Peace Carvin” in reverse

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The Office of the President, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Philippine Air Force have all publicly declared the Aquino administration’s intention to acquire 12 surplus F-16C/D aircraft from the United States. These are interesting times for the Philippine Air Force, whose prevailing skill-sets are still geared towards equipment that is decades behind the Falcons.

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