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 […]

Three operational C-130s at last

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The following DND photograph captures a significant milestone in recent PAF history: the return of the rule-of-three to its airlift operations. Aircraft #4704, which recently arrived from a PDM cycle in the United States, and #4726, the PAF workhorse in recent years.

Touted as a milestone in self-reliance, the Philippine Air Force completed Programmed Depot […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inventory: Lockheed C-130 Hercules / L-100

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The following is a record of Lockheed C-130 Hercules and L-100-20 (civilian version of the C-130) that are currently in the Philippine Air Force. Most are inactive, and are simply rotting away — exposed to the elements — at the C-130 graveyard in Mactan, Cebu. A small fraction are operational. As per Manokski’s C-130 page, […]

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 […]