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

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 projects for which details are still missing as of writing. It also does not include the significant number of modernization projects that are still in various stages of completion.

PAF_mod Combat Utility Helicopter Project w3b1 The first batch of three W-3 Sokol helicopters, out of a total of 8 aircraft, were delivered on March 9, 2012.Timawa discussion here
w3b2 The second batch of W-3 Sokols were delivered on November 28, 2012.Timawa.net discussion here
C-130 refurbishment program  4704 C-130H #4704 returned from a Programmed Depot Maintenance cycle in the United States on October 2012Timawa.net discussion here
3633 C-130B #3633 underwent its Programmed Depot Maintenance at the 410th Maintenance Wing in Clark AFB. It re-entered service on December 28, 2012.Timawa.net discussion here
PN_mod BRP Ramon A Alcaraz (PF-16)  pf16 The former WHEC-716, USCGC Dallas, was turned over to the Philippine Navy on May 22, 2012 and re-christened the BRP Ramon A Alcaraz (PF-16)Timawa.net discussion here
Multi-Purpose Assault Craft Mk.2  mpac2 The Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk.2, which were entirely manufactured in the Philippines, were commissioned in August 2012. Three units were accepted.Timawa.net discussion here
71155_327179393712_8339928_n KM-451 ambulances  km451 The latest variant of the Kia KM45x series of trucks were revealed to the public on AFP Day 2012. 60 units were acquired.Timawa.net discussion here
M-16A1 rehabilitation program  m16refurb The Government Arsenal’s newly formed Small Arms Repair and Upgrade Division turned over the first 200 refurbished rifles to the AFP. Eventually 8,000 rifles will be repaired.Timawa.net discussion here


Three operational C-130s at last

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 Maintenance (PDM) for C-130B #3633 through the efforts of its own personnel at the 410th Maintenance Wing.  Lockheed-Martin endorsed consultants were reportedly on hand to ensure compliance with industry standards.It was the first time the PAF had ever undertaken a project of this magnitude. Previous PDM efforts had either been done in Malaysia, or in-country through Asian Aerospace — a Lockheed-Martin approved contractor. As of writing, it is unclear if Asian Aerospace provided assistance for the project.

At the turnover ceremony for the refurbished Hercules, PAF Vice Commander MGEN Raul Dimatactac reported that the project gave PAF personnel invaluable experience in the conduct of PDM cycles for C-130 aircraft, and hinted this this experience would pave the way for more in-country PDM projects in the future. MGEN Dimatactac revealed that the project started in 2010, and would have been completed in 2011. But procedural difficulties in the acquisition of required components delayed the project. He also counted the experience gained in working with the procurement process as an achievement of the project, and would hasten similar efforts.

The PAF came close to returning to the critical 3-plane mark in 2009 when C-130 #4726 completed its Programmed Depot Maintenance cycle. Unfortunately, C-130 # 4598 crashed a few months prior. When the long-serving #4704  — which had been the lone C-130 for several years — was finally set aside for repair, the PAF returned to a one-plane fleet.

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

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 cost of the SMP itself, nor the identity of the aircraft are currently known. However as of writing, the Air Force only had one operational Hercules: #4726, making it the logical object of this effort.

Two other PAF C-130s are undergoing maintenance programs. The long suffering #4704, which had been the AFP’s lone operational C-130 for years, is currently in the United States for a protracted repair effort. The second, #3633, is nearing the end of its maintenance cycle at the 410th maintenance wing hangar.

The text of the bid invitation appears below:

Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City

Invitation to Bid

The Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the PAF Bids and Awards Committee (PAFBAC), invites suppliers/manufacturers/distributors/contractors to apply for eligibility and to bid for the hereunder project/s:

Nomenclature/Activity: PB-PAFBAC-110-12 Procurement of Tools and Equipment for the 24th Yr SMP of C-130 Aircraft
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php2,109,965.00
Price of Bid Documents (non-refundable): Php3,000.00

Pre-Bid Conference: August 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
Submission/Opening of Bids: August 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM PAF Procurement Center Conference Room, Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
Issuance of Bid Documents: August 2-21, 2012 at 8:00AM-12:00NN & 1:00PM-5:00PM, Monday to Friday, PAFBAC Secretariat, PAF Procurement Center Bldg., Villamor Air Base, Pasay City: Tel Nr: 8546701 Local 6051 & 6057

Prospective bidders should have an experience in similar project within the last 5 years in an amount at least 50% of the ABC of the project.

The Pre-bidding Conference shall be open to all interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents.

All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Conference/s, Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).


Chairman, PAF BAC

Timawa discussions on this, an other C-130 maintenance efforts, is available here.

Upgraded C-130 acquisition project

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 Performance Monitoring Report, this deal had actually been cancelled.

August 26, 2010 Pre-procurement conference Approved budget for contract (ABC): P1,769,000,000.00
August 31, 2010 Posting/Publication of ITB Publication of ITB at PDI and posting at G-EPS and DND Websites

September 10, 2010 Pre-bid conference
October 11, 2010 Bid opening Only one bidder, Derco Aerospace Inc. submitted its bid
October 11, 2010 DND BAC Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-C130H-10-001 Resolution declaring DERCO Aerospace Inc., as the Single Calculated Bidder for the project and directing the conduct of post qualification
November 11-12 & 15-17, 2010 Post qualification Post qualification teams were sent to the following locations:Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Milwaukee, USA

December 1, 2010 DND BAC Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-C130H-10-002 Resolution declaring Derco Aerospace Inc as the SCRB for the project and the issuance of a NOA in its favor
December 8, 2010 Issuance of Notice of Award in favor of Derco Aerospace Inc Approved/signed by SND
March 17, 2011 DND BAC Resolution No. AFPMP-PAF-C-130H-11-001 Resolution declaring the bidding for the Upgraded C-130H Acquisition project of the PAF a failure after the winning bidder failed to post performance security
June 8, 2011 Declaration of failure of bidding Approved/signed by SND


Inventory: Lockheed C-130 Hercules / L-100

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, a total of 19 C-130s had entered PAF service since 1973. This inventory, however, only represents the aircraft that were in the PAF’s possession (active or otherwise) at the turn of the century.

The basic structure of the data below is derived from an exhaustive list of C-130s from around the world prepared by Bob Daley in 01 May 2006 (see here). This format has been expanded to suit this site’s purposes.

Photographs in the photo album were complied for the following Facebook page: C-130s in the Philippine Air Force

Lockheed # Original registration Original model Final model Current # Photo album Note
3520 58-0725 C-130B 0725 See here Previously assigned to the USAF 53rd WRS. Sold to the PAF in 1995, retired in 1997. Ref
3535 58-0738 C-130B 0738 See here Previously assigned to USAF Reserve 731st Tactical Airlift Squadron. Ref
3545 58-0747 C-130B 3545 See here Previously assigned to the USAF 54th WRS in Guam. Ref
Transferred to AMARC in 29APR 1992. (AACF0107) Transferred to the PAF in 09 Oct 1997. Ref
3547 58-0749 C-130B 0749 See here Previously assigned to the Ohio National Guard and USAF Reserve
3552 58-0753 C-130B 3552 See here Transferred to AMARC in 19 Aug 1992 (AACF0112). Transferred to PAF in 29 Sep 1997 Ref
3593 60-0294 C-130B 0294 See here Previously assigned to the USAF Reserve
3633 61-0954 C-130B 3633 See here Active. Undergoing Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM)
3646 61-0961 C-130B 0961 See here
3946 N1130E L100 L100-20 3946 See here Civilian version of the military C-130. This was the original Lockheed demonstrator for the L100
4512 N7967S L100-20 4512 See here Civilian version of the military C-130
4593 RP-C101 L100-20 4593 See here Acquired in 1983, and started Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) at the Clark Economic Zone done by Asian Aerospace Corporation in February 2004. Crashed into Davao Gulf 25 August 2008
4704 C-130H 4704 See here Active. Undergoing Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM)
4726 C-130H 4726 See here Active. Subjected to PDM at Clark Field by Lockheed Martin / Asian Aerospace. Maintenance cycle completed in June 2009. Ref


Facebook group for PAF C-130s

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” in “timely response”, therefore it is in the public’s interest that they be properly funded, operated, and maintained.

These aircraft, however, have proven to be problematic to operate in significant numbers. The loss of foreign aid as a result of expulsion of the US bases in the early 90’s has had a detrimental effect on the PAF’s budgetary condition as a whole with a corresponding impact on the Hercules fleet. For extended periods in recent post-Clark/Subic history the PAF’s tactical lift capabilities, particularly those of the 220th Airlift Wing, have hinged on solitary C-130s. This is an unacceptable state of affairs.

If the PAF, particularly the 220th Airlift Wing, is to expect the long term political and fiscal support it needs to operate these aircraft sufficient numbers, it must make its case to the Filipino voters. It must effectively articulate its needs, and inspire the people’s trust and confidence.

That trust must be earned. If the PAF is to be entrusted with the billions of pesos it needs to fulfill its mandate – money that must be taken away from roads, schools, health care programs to serve the competing BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT defense needs of the Republic  — it must be able to show the Filipino taxpayer that it is a responsible steward of those funds.

This page was created to help foster that trust through frank, unvarnished, discussion about the following:

  • Facts about this category of aircraft and the challenges in keeping them operational
  • Accounts of existing problems surrounding these aircraft
  • Solutions . . . solutions . . . solutions

The underlying belief behind this page is that there remain honorable, competent, personnel within the Armed Forces of the Philippines that seek do to what is right. They need our help.

The PAF’s piecemeal acquisitions

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 about the difficulties that PAF has been experiencing with establishing logistical agreements and using GPPB mandated Order Agreement Lists, see here.

Reference # / Solicitation # Amount  Description
1695835 / CP-11-547 400,063.00 Procurement of 1 ea landing Gear Edge Cargo Ramp 353617-5 & 10 other L/I for use of C-130 arcft
1695834 / CP-11-546 373,169.00 Procurement of 1 ea Hose Assy, Hydraulic Suction Pump 698243-1 & 9 other L/I for use of C-130 arcft
1695833 / CP-11-543 490,597.00 Procurement of 2 ea tube Assy 370742-321 & 5 other L/I for use of C-130B arcft
1695832 / CP-11-545 499,163.00 Procurement of 1 ea Nuts, Vertical Stabilizer 68457-1812 & 17 other L/I for use C-130 acft
1698265 / CP Nr S-11-251 705,000.00 Procurement of 6 ea Fuel Nozzles 6890918/ 5232105-5H/ 6809611/5232212-7B for use of C-130 Acft
1698264 / CP Nr S-11-250 394,606.25 Procurement of 1 ea Ignition Unit, APU 899580-2 & 1 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698263 / CP Nr S-11-249 451,702.50 Procurement of 2 ea Troop Seat ACA3102-17R & 4 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698262 / CP Nr S-11-248 422,206.25 Procurement of 1 ea Ignition Unit, APU 899580-2 & 2 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698261 / CP Nr S-11-247 215,682.50 Procurement of 4 ea Gasket Engine Generator LS35377-01 & 6 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698260 / CP Nr S-11-246 379,601.25 Procurement of 1 ea Vane Segment Assy, Turbine 1st Stage 6847957/ 6847961 & 1 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698259 / CP Nr S-11-245 462,448.75 Procurement of 6 ea Seal Labyrinth Rear Turbine 6844617/ 6897646 & 2 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698258 / CP Nr S-11-244 472,120.00 Procurement of 3 ea Ring Air Seal 2nd Stage Vane 6844620/6892269 & 2 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698257 / CP Nr S-11-243 494,201.25 Procurement of 6 ea Saddle Turbine 1st Stage 6852237/6856654 & 1 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698256 / CP Nr S-11-242 497,023.75 Procurement of 7 ea Vane Segment Assy, Turbine 1st Stage 6847957/6847961 & 1 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698255 / CP Nr S-11-241 336,177.50 Procurement of 1 ea Connector Plug MS3126F22-55PW & 2 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698254 / CP Nr S-11-240 353,513.75 Procurement of 1 ea Wiring Harness 43631-1 & 2 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft
1698253 / CP Nr S-11-239 481,562.50 Procurement of 1 ea PTT Switch 421510 & 3 other L/I for use C-130 Acft
1698252 / CP Nr S-11-238 499,582.88 Procurement of 2 pails Lubticating Oil MIL-L-7808 & 16 other L/I for use of C-130 Acft