“Sea denial” vs “Sea Control”

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Thanks to a position paper published by Congressman Roilo Golez, the term “area denial” has entered mainstream Philippine social media discussions about tensions with China and territorial threats in the West Philippine Sea. But what exactly is “Sea Denial”? To fully appreciate that mission, one must also understand the super-set mission: “Sea Control”.

The following [...]

Kia KM-451 trucks enter AFP service

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines revealed the entry of sixty (60) South Korean-made Kia KM-451 trucks into AFP service during its 77th founding anniversary celebration. The KM-451 is the ambulance version of the now ubiquitous KM-450 1/4 ton truck that entered service in 2007. The following images were taken from the PTV 4 coverage [...]

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 [...]

PITC helps Army acquire sights for 81mm mortar

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The Philippine International Trading Corporation, a government-owned international trading corporation, issued a bid invitation for M53 / M53A1 mortar sights on behalf of the Philippine Army. The project, Bid Ref# 2011-040, sought to acquire 468 pieces of sights with an Authorized Budget for Contract (ABC) of P26,999,996.40.

The pre-bid conference was set on November [...]

AFP receives Humvee ambulances

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The AFP officially received 23 new High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), commonly called “Humvees” in Ambulance configuration. 19 of these vehicles were given to the Philippine Army, while 4 were assigned to the Philippine Marines. The vehicles were acquired through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) transaction and is the culmination of an effort the [...]

155mm howitzer acquisition projects

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Timawa.net/forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=25969.0

The first whiff of an effort to acquire a new batch of 155mm howitzers came out in Timawa discussions in October of 2008. Reportedly the project at that time was incorporated into acquisition plans at the expense of a number of other projects to include armored vehicles. Official acknowledgement of the project in [...]

Joining the RPG bandwagon

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Timawa.net\forum discussion: http://www.timawa.net/forum/index.php?topic=26818.0

Admittedly, this is the acquisition that got this blog rolling. A conscientious, but still-unidentified, poster updated the Philippine Army Wikipedia entry to include mention of this acquisition, but was then dismissed as having posted unreliable information because the data came from an online forum. This post is meant to set the record [...]