Military Equipment Acquisitions under the Duterte Administration

(Revised March 14, 2018. See bottom of the page for the complete revision history)

The Philippine Navy's new Frigate. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The Philippine Navy’s new Frigate. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

It is now time to start a new running blog of the acquisition of weapons and equipment for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte started signing contracts for them. This will be a continuation of my other blog about similar acquisitions by President Benigno Aquino Jr. or PNoy.1

’Blog Rules’
I will be following the same “House Rules” or “Blog Rules” from my previous blog about PNoy’s acquisitions, which is first is that I want the news to be confirmed by a MAJOR news organization or a reputable website before I consider it. “Major” meaning a registered news organization like “GMA7”, for example, or “ABS-CBN”, etc. Or websites like the “Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines”, etc.

Second, I am looking for as much DETAILS as possible for the purchases, like how many were bought, for how much, from what company, estimated delivery dates, etc. More often than not there has been a couple of Press Releases about supposed acquisitions with very little details afterwards whether they did push thru or not. So if I see only one news item with little visibility about what happened afterwards, then I am not going to consider it.

This means I am going to CONSERVATIVE about what to list here, I want to note down only those that has actually been delivered, or at least have good visibility about their delivery dates, or that I find the details to be more or less complete. Hence there will be a number of stated acquisitions that will not be noted down here. Alternatively, if an acquisition that has been listed below but did not push thru, it will be removed.

As stated above, this will be a “running” blog which will be regularly updated as better information becomes available.


PHILIPPINE NAVY

** Two New Frigates
Brand new Frigates were bought from the South Korean company, “Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)” for the price of USD 163 million each. This acquisition is bound to be controversial because much of the work, around 80-90%, was done under the previous PNoy administration. But in the end it was Duterte’s Administration who signed the contract and pushed into the “Point of No Return”, so I feel he should get the credit for it. These are scheduled to be delivered in 2020.
Source:
Hyundai Heavy Industries Wins Order to Build 2 Frigates for Filipino Navy

** Five TC-90 Aircraft
Secondhand TC-90 Aircraft to be used as Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from Japan. This is another project started under the PNoy Administration, but signed under Duterte. These were initially leased by Japan to the Philippines, but were subsequently donated after a request by the Philippine government. The first two aircraft were delivered in November 2017.
Sources:
PH, Japan to Sign Lease Agreement for 5 Trainer Aircraft
Japan Donates 5 Trainer Aircraft to Philippines


PHILIPPINE MARINE CORPS

** 300 M-4 Carbines
Brand new M-4 Carbines in caliber 5.56 x 45 mm were donated by the United States (US) government to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) in June 2017.
Source:
U.S. Military Presents New Weapons and Equipment to Philippine Marine Corps Commandant for Counterterror Fight

** 200 Glock 21 Pistols
Brand new Glock 21 Pistols in caliber .45 ACP were donated by the United States (US) government to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) in June 2017.
Source:
U.S. Military Presents New Weapons and Equipment to Philippine Marine Corps Commandant for Counterterror Fight

** 25 units of Combat Rubber Raiding Craft
Brand new Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) with Outboard Motors were donated by the United States (US) government to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) in June 2017.
Source:
U.S. Military Presents New Weapons and Equipment to Philippine Marine Corps Commandant for Counterterror Fight

** 100 M-203 Grenade Launchers
Brand new M-203 Grenade Launchers in caliber 40 x 46 mm were donated by the United States (US) government to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) in June 2017.
Source:
U.S. Military Presents New Weapons and Equipment to Philippine Marine Corps Commandant for Counterterror Fight

** Four M-134D Miniguns
Brand new M-134D Miniguns in caliber 7.62 x 51 mm NATO were donated by the United States (US) government to the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) in June 2017.
Source:
U.S. Military Presents New Weapons and Equipment to Philippine Marine Corps Commandant for Counterterror Fight


PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE

** Six Super Tucano Aircraft
Brand new A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft were bought from the Brazilian company Embraer for the price of PHP 827 million (USD 16.5 million at the Exchange Rate of USD 1 = PHP 50.10) each. The order is set to be delivered at the end of 2019.
Source:
Embraer Secures Super Tucano Contract from the Philippines

** Six ScanEagle Drone Aircraft
Brand new ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems were donated by the United States (US) government thru a Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grant to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in March 2018. The amount of the grant was estimated to be USD 13.76 million (PHP 715.73 million at the Exchange Rate of USD 1 = PHP 52.02).
Source:
PAF Acquires $13.76M Worth of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from US

A TC-90 aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
A TC-90 aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Revision History:
(0) October 30, 2016: Originally posted.
(1) June 6, 2017: Added donation by the US government to the Philippine Marines.
(2) December 1, 2017: Added the acquisition of the Super Tucano and the change to donation of the TC-90
(3) March 14, 2018: Added US donation of ScanEagles and months and dates to delivery of most items


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30 thoughts on “Military Equipment Acquisitions under the Duterte Administration”

    1. Thanks, will try to add that in on my next revision, which may take awhile, though. But of course it would be great if the “buys” start coming in sooner.

  1. Sir ano na po ngyari sa Pohang Class?? Sayang din un pwede ng pagTrainingan ng Navy naten if Korean class ship dn ung Bago nateng Bibilhin. NakapagBayad na po ba sa mga Pohang Class??

    1. Ala pang opisyal na balita, pero mukhang tuloy na iyon kasi si Admiral Taccad na ang nagsabi sa media na tuloy daw. Antayin na lang ang mga opisyal na pahayag.

    1. The contract has already been signed. Any move by either party to stop it will leave that party vulnerable to a lawsuit. If the US wanted to block it, they would have done so BEFORE the contract was signed.

      1. The US can still block the sale of the Frigate. The Incheon class frigate has US made parts and US made weapons systems. The US can veto or block the sale of US made gear on the frigate. Forcing the Philippines to look elsewhere.

      2. The Incheon class frigate has US made gear such as the General Electric LM2500, Phalanx CIWS, 5″/54 caliber Mark 45 gun and RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile. So the US can block the sale of the Incheon that involves any US made gear.

      3. We are not getting the Incheon class Frigate, Nicky, only a VARIANT of it. And no, it won’t have the LM2500 Turbines since our ship will be CODAD. All the other equipment you mentioned will not be used on the ship since we will be using different, non-US made weapons.

      1. Sure, that will only give Duterte more reason to start introducing the AK platform in our country. The AK is available in 5.56 mm caliber, but who knows, they might go for an even drastic change in moving to the 7.62 x 39 mm caliber as well.

  2. For sure, a lot of us here underestimating the commitment of the administration to modernize the AFP (me included) because of the president’s unpredictability, left-leaning and anti US stance.

    But I believe he’ll prove us wrong. He has been very vocal on adding more modern helicopters and fast attack crafts. And I expect just that.

    I also believe that shore-based missile defence system will be a reality in this administration.

    RHK, 2 large high-endurance coast guard vessels are to be acquired from Japan. Will it or any other PCG major asset acquisition ever count here?

    1. No, Coast Guard is civilian, so I won’t be including them in this list.

      As for the AFP Modernization, Duterte did allocate P25 Billion in the 2017 National Budget, so the AFP will start buying things next year. But I think the priority will be for ISO first.

      Actually, if Duterte will allocate P25 Billion for the modernization of the next six years, we will be in pretty good shape. But there is no assurance of that, it’s a year to year thing. 2017 is okay, so let’s wait for the coming years.

      1. Sorry for interrupting, but from the looks of it Horizon 2 is pretty much loaded for all branches of AFP. If we stick for 25B php/year would that be enough?

        Also our buying power is decreasing for some reason. It is worth considering if Digong “finished” his fight on Philippines internal problems in a year or two what is his next plan for the people.

      2. Not sure of the cost estimate for all AFP equipment scheduled for H2, but my guess is that it won’t. But it will buy most of the items on H2 since P150 Billion (6 x P25 Billion) is still a lot of money.

        In contrast, PNoy spent “only” P58 Billion for the AFP Modernization in his six years in office, and P150 Billion is more than twice of that already.

    2. it is not an anti US stance, it is just to open the foreign relation to others. Funny thing, i was awed of the equipment donated by the US after those rants. and something missing what about those guns purchased in a local manufacturer given to Marines and PSG.

  3. Awesome work sir,

    How about the US donations like the Cessna 208Bs ISR aircraft, Tethered Aerostat Radar System and procurement of Sidewinder missiles. Chinese donations like ARs, Snipers and Millions of Ammunition. Russian donations like ARs, magazines, helmets and trucks.

    Thanks.

    1. The Cessna 208, TARS and Sidewinders are far as I know were under the previous Administration.

      As for the Chinese and Russian donations, I didn’t include them here since not much details were released after the donation, like which AFP units got them, and how many each?

      I only posts stuff here with complete details. Otherwise, I might as well leave them out.

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