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TweetTo protect the AFP against accepting unsupportable surplus equipment, Administrative Order 169, series of 2007 stipulated the following acceptance criteria. 3.2.3. Used equipment or weapons system may be acquired, provided that: a. The used equipment: or weapon system meets the desired operational requirements of the AFP; b. It still has at least fifteen (15) years service […]

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

TweetThe 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. […]

TweetThe Capability Upgrade Program is a priority component of the Philippine Defense Reform (PDR) that sought to re-prioritize the AFP modernization program . It consists of three six-year phases designed to bring the AFP to a condition where it could be modernized, before it actually pours funds into modernization. Phase 1: Back to basics This […]

TweetThis comparison focuses on the following bills that have been filed in the Philippine Senate.  Cong. Rodolfo Biazon’s modernization bill is not available in either the Senate or House bills databases. For this reason, his bill has been excluded from the comparison. To discuss this comparison, see the following discussion: Bill Number Author Status […]

TweetSince 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 […]

Tweet  The importance of territorial defense capability was thrust into public consciousness in February 1995 when the AFP published photographs of Chinese structures on Mischief Reef in the Kalayaan Island Group. Philippine territory had been annexed. Congressional response was swift. Within the same month Congress passed Republic Act 7917 which amended the Bases Conversion Development […] A new Timawan, “amnmtv”, shared with the forum community a Federal Bizz Ops (FBO) entry by the US Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command — on behalf of the Philippine Navy — to invite shipbuilders to submit proposals for brand-new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The synopsis for the solicitation, dubbed N0002411R2217, went as […]