The countertrade option

TweetSomething 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. …

Countdown to July 31, 2012

TweetSecretary of National Defense, Voltaire Gazmin, announced the following during the 65th Anniversary of the Philippine Air Force I am happy to let you know that thru our Defense System of Management, the upgrade and modernization program for our armed forces is presently in full swing. This limited only by the maximum amount of financial …

Developing an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) capability

TweetThe 15-year Philippine Navy development plan, published on several newspapers discussed on the Timawa.net forum here, is noteworthy in that it highlights the navy’s recognition of the need for an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) capability. The list included a requirement for “three Logistics Support/Replenishment Ship (LSS)”. UNREP is a process by which ships take on food, …

Modernization: The funding is there

TweetPhilippine 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 …

BRP Ramon Alcaraz: The next WHEC

TweetInteraksyon, the news portal of TV5, reports that when the USCGC Dallas will be turned over to the Philippine Navy, it will be renamed the BRP Ramon Alcaraz. The following is an excerpt of the relevant article. Philippines’ second warship to be named Ramon Alcaraz, World War II hero 06-May-12, 1:54 PM | Chichi Conde, …

Update: CUP Phase 2 projects

TweetThe 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 …

Shipspotting: USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716)

TweetCoast Guard Island’s proximity to a public marina made shipspotting efforts for the USCGC Hamilton relatively easy. Unless the transfer of the USCGC Dallas takes place at the same venue, observation of the transfer at WHEC-176’s current home port will present challenges for PN modernization watchers. Based on the following references, WHEC-716 is based at …

JSOTF-P construction project in Camp Basilio Navarro, Zamboanga

TweetFedBizOpps.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.┬áDetails are available at the following link. Excerpts from the invitation Repave Naval Station …