Another PAF C-130 due to undergo Scheduled Maintenance Program (SMP)

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An unidentified Philippine Air Force C-130 is due to undergo its 24th Year Scheduled Maintenance Program (SMP). On August 1, 2012, the PAF Bids and Awards Committee invited suppliers to bid for tools and equipment related to the SMP on PhilGEPS. The project, PB-PAFBAC-110-12, had an Approved Budget for Contract of P2,109,965.00.

Neither the actual […]

PAF 65th anniversary

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@ 11:47: “We are not expanding to be a ground force rather we are powering up to project air power in service of our country and our people.”

Upgraded C-130 acquisition project

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Last year, Timawa.net and other fora, were eagerly awaiting the reported arrival of an additional C-130H c/o an ex-Tunisian AF Herc that had suffered a runway mishap but had been refurbished by Derco Aerospace. The Timawa discussion for this project can be found here.

The wait was apparently for nothing. As per the latest DND […]

Facebook group for PAF C-130s

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The following article is the rationale for the following Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/180853572015613/

The Lockheed (not Lockheed-Martin) C-130 Hercules transport aircraft is the largest airlift asset in the Philippine Air Force (PAF). It is the Philippine government’s most capable means of moving personnel and material for everything from combat deployments to disaster response. It provides the “timely” […]

The PAF’s piecemeal acquisitions

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The 305th Contracting Office of the AFP Procurement Service currently has  P7,928,421.13 worth of bid invitations on PhilGEPS that dramatically illustrate the challenges that AFP logisticians face.  Instead of establishing service support agreements with aircraft suppliers, the service is inviting potential suppliers to 18 individual bids for C-130 components. These appear in the table below.

For discussions […]

Updated assessments of F-16 airframe life

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At the turn of the 21st Century, as the USAF found conducting combat operations over Iraq and Afghanistan with increasingly aging aircraft that were leftovers from the Cold War it took stock of its aircraft inventory and came to the following observation

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-16-life.htm

As a system’s cumulative operating time increases, the probability of its failure […]

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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PAF to spend P27M on Huey maintenance

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On the 1st of December, the Philippine Air Force will be accepting bids for various required for maintaining UH-1H helicopters.  The five bids, listed here and all published on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), amount to P27,101,263.11.

Bid documents will be available starting on November 15, and the pre-bid conference is set on the […]

Modernizing the PAF helicopter force

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Since 2006, the Philippine Air Force has been attempting to expand its helicopter fleet beyond its existing stable of Hueys, S-76s, and MD-520s. It focused on two classes of helicopters: transport and attack. There have been three aborted attempts at acquiring an attack platform, and one effort for troop-lift that had to transition to negotiated […]

Fighter-talk

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Philippine defense-related social networking sites have been awash with informal fighter aircraft recommendations for years. Many are simple collections of photographs of fighter aircraft with a mimimum of commentary, while others are assemblies of motherhood statements that make little, if any, effort into understanding the costs and complexities of operating modern aircraft.

Two discussions, however, […]